Florida doesn’t experience a lot of biting cold in the winter as other states do. But once in a while, the temperatures will drop, and homeowners will find themselves panicking to make sure their heaters and furnaces are working properly. By preparing your HVAC unit for those rare cold winter days, you don’t have to worry about any furnace or heater problems occurring. If you don’t know where to start preparing your heater for the winter, don’t worry! The pros at Acree Plumbing and Air have created a quick and helpful heater maintenance guide for you.
1. Change the Air Filter
One of the best ways you can prepare your furnace or heating system for the winter is by changing your air filter. A clogged air filter can worsen air flow, use up excess energy and even cause a frozen evaporator coil. A clean air filter can reduce energy use by up to 15 percent and maintain the efficiency of your heater. According to the Department of Energy, it is best to change your filter every month or two months. It is one of the easiest ways you can ensure your HVAC system is functioning properly and efficiently. If you’re new to HVAC maintenance and don’t know how you can change your air filter, follow this helpful step-by-step guide!
2. Clean Heat Exchanger
The heat exchanger is a vital component of your HVAC unit. In a standard gas furnace, the heat exchanger uses combustion gases to warm indoor air. The conditioned air is then blown out of your vents and registers. As a result, your heat exchanger keeps you warm. That is why it is important to ensure your heat exchanger is ready for the upcoming cold months. The best way you can prepare it is by having a professional HVAC technician clean any dust or dirt off the exchanger.
3. Professional Inspection
If you want a thorough maintenance and inspection of your HVAC unit, you should get in touch with a reliable HVAC technician. By having your heating system go through a professional tune-up, you can be sure that nothing on your heating maintenance checklist is missed. Not only will professional technicians point out any problems with your system, they will also provide viable solutions and options to help you solve these problems. It is best to have a technician come look at your system annually or bi-annually.
4. Protect Your Outdoor Condenser
Unless you have a heat pump, you should cover your outdoor condenser in the winter. This is an especially helpful tip for colder climates.. You can protect your outdoor condenser by trimming any foliage around it and covering it with a tarp or even a large lid secured with bungee cords. By protecting your outdoor condenser from sudden temperature drops, ice and frost you will ensure your outdoor unit is ready for the summer.
Be Prepared with Acree Plumbing and Air!
Prepare your heater for the winter with help from the pros at Acree Plumbing and Air! Call us today at (813) 524-6313 or schedule an appointment with us on our website!