As winter approaches, the days are starting to get colder. In Seattle, homeowners experience some of the coldest temperatures in January where the average high is 47 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is 36 degrees. It is important for homeowners to get ready for the winter by maintaining their HVAC system and having it checked for any problems that might lead to a breakdown during some of the coldest days of the year. Below, we have put together a Puget Sound HVAC winter checklist that will make it easier for homeowners to prepare for the cold days ahead.
HVAC Winter Maintenance Checklist for Puget Sound
Here are some of the HVAC system components that Puget Sound residents should check for before the coldest days of winter arrive:
- Check your air filter to ensure that it is clean and there are no major blockages. Homeowners should continue to inspect their air filters at least once a month when using their heating system as a dirty or clogged filter can overwork the HVAC system and lower energy efficiency.
- Check controls on your heating system for safe operation. When turning on your heater for the first time before winter, you should be able to start, operate, and turn off the system without any issues. If you notice any sounds or smells after turning your heating system on for the first time, you should turn off the system immediately and call a trained HVAC technician to inspect the unit.
- Test the thermostat and check settings to ensure it’s working properly and efficiently. Test your thermostat by setting the temperature about 5 degrees warmer than the current temperature. Then, use a standard thermometer to check the temperature in the room to ensure that the thermostat is working properly. If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure to adjust the settings so that you can maintain efficiency when you are home and when you’re away.
- Lubricate any moving parts or motors. It is important to keep motors and moving parts well-lubricated to avoid friction, which can increase the amount of electricity your system needs to function. By lubricating motors and moving parts, you can make sure that your HVAC system is running efficiently.
- Check all gas or oil connections, heat exchanger, gas pressure, and burner combustion. Energy Star recommends checking these elements of your heating system as connections that are not operating properly can become a fire hazard as well as contribute to health problems related to indoor air quality. A dirty burner or cracked heat exchanger can also cause the system to work less efficiently.
Is your home HVAC system ready for the winter weather? This checklist is just a start for preparing your home before winter arrives. If you notice anything malfunctioning or need help with your pre-winter HVAC maintenance, call the experts at All Climate. Our technicians would be happy to help make sure that you are your family are comfortable this winter season.