5 Tips To Prepare your HVAC unit for Winter
First Things First, How Does a Heat Pump Work?
Most Texans and other southern states use heat pumps in the winter. The heat pump removes heat from the air outside the home and transfers it inside as a means of heating. In order to keep your HVAC’s heat pump working properly, here are a few tips from us to maximize efficiency and comfort during the cooler months:
Replace the Air Filter
Replacing the air filter regularly is a great habit to improve the health of your HVAC unit and your home's air quality. An air filter serves two purposes: keeping particulates and dust out of your HVAC unit, and cleans the air your family breathes in the home. Replacing your air filter regularly can drastically prolong the life of your HVAC unit, and using an MERV 11 or MERV 13 allergen destroying filter can also improve your indoor air quality. CleanAir recommends replacing your filter every 30 days for optimal filtration. CleanAir's regular air filter subscription makes it easy to remember to replace your filters with regular filter deliveries. We also offer an air filter replacement service and a CleanAir expert will install your filters for you.
Clean the Air Ducts
Even with the best air filters, the air ducts in your home can collect dust, allergens, mold, and other pollutants throughout the year. When you turn on the heat, these pollutants may react with the heat and their effects can become more severe. This is when you might smell the classic “burning” smell. That is actually dust and other particulate matter reacting to the heated air. Fall is the perfect time to schedule duct cleaning service to ensure your ducts are ready for the heat.
Examine the Belt
Inside your HVAC unit, there is a belt that powers the blower, moving the air through the outdoor compressor. You can check this belt for issues such as cracks or damage. If you see either, it will most likely need to be replaced. These belts wear down over time, especially in places like Texas where we run the AC a majority of the year.
Inspect the Vents
It’s easy to forget that the vents in your home play an important role for your HVAC system. Make sure that the vents in your home aren’t blocked by furniture or other items that could obstruct the airflow. You'll also want to vacuum any excess dust inside or outside the vent. Poor airflow to your HVAC unit can cause it to work harder to pump the air, putting unnecessary stress on your unit.
As the winter season approaches, it is also a good time to have a knowledgeable HVAC technician do a check-up on your unit. A technician can inspect all aspects of your unit and knows where to find potential issues that may lead to problems or danger down the line.
We hope these tips help you stay warm and cozy this fall!