5 Important HVAC Maintenance Tips to Prepare for the Winter

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Fall has crept its way to Augusta, Georgia and that means that the winter months will be here before we know it. With the colder months coming up quickly, now is the perfect time to make sure your heating, ventilation and HVAC unit is ready to handle the frigid cold of the winter.

Connell’s Heating & Air in Augusta is here to provide our local and surrounding clients maintenance tips to preparing your home for the winter. A poorly maintained HVAC system will result in higher energy bills and other possible complications, so it’s important to get ahead of any problems that could arise in the winter months.

Follow these five important HVAC maintenance tips provided by Connell’s Heating & Air in Augusta to ensure your HVAC system is ready for the winter.

  1. Schedule an HVAC maintenance & inspection

The first preventative maintenance measure that any homeowner should do once fall arrives is to schedule an HVAC inspection from an experienced and reputable HVAC contractor like the professionals at Connell’s Heating & Air in Augusta. It’s important to have your HVAC system checked by a professional at least once per year to make sure that your unit is functioning properly and efficiently.

A furnace emits carbon monoxide and also has natural gas that’s used to produce heat, which can be dangerous if not functioning properly. When you contact an expert HVAC contractor, like the professionals at Connell’s Heating & Air in Augusta, they will inspect and ensure that you and anyone inside your home is not in danger with a malfunctioning HVAC system. Connell’s Heating & Air will also clean your system which will improve the air quality inside your home and extend the lifespan of your HVAC system.

  1. Change your HVAC’s air filters

One of the most essential components to ensuring your HVAC is properly maintained and ready for the winter months, and throughout the year, is to monitor and swap your units air filters. The best maintenance tip is to get into a routine of checking your air filters at least once a month. Checking and changing your air filters will improve the airflow to your unit, the indoor air quality of your home and the energy efficiency of your HVAC unit.

  1. Inspect the air ducts & insulation

Inspecting your air ducts and ensuring that your home is properly insulated is another one of the most essential maintenance components to preparing your home for the winter months. Heat loss can occur through cracks, holes or gaps in your home causing higher energy bills and other complications. Connell’s Heating & Air in Augusta recommends having your air ducts cleaned and sealed to help prevent heat loss and increase your HVAC system’s heating efficiency. 

Luckily, Connells’s Heating & Air in Augusta provides our clients air duct cleaning maintenance services to ensure there are no cracks, gaps or holes in your homes air ducts. Contact Connell’s Heating & Air in Augusta to make an air duct cleaning appointment.

  1. Check your door frames and windows

Before the cold winter months arrive, it is important to inspect your window and door frames for any cracks, holes or gaps where the hot air can escape. Once you inspect your windows and doors, you may need to replace weatherstripping, caulk any gaps in windows and possibly install a door draft blocker. 

  1. Ready your thermostat for the winter

When the time comes to transition from air conditioning to heat, make sure your thermostat is set to an appropriate indoor temperature to reduce energy costs and improve the performance of your HVAC unit. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can program it to lower the indoor temperatures while you are asleep and away from home. Energy.gov recommends setting the thermostats to 68 degrees while the home is occupied and 56 to 58 degrees while sleeping or while your home in unoccupied.

Prepare your home for the winter months

Connell’s Heating & Air in Augusta hopes these maintenance tips help prepare your home for the coming winter months. These five important HVAC maintenance tips provided by Connell’s Heating & Air ensure your HVAC system is ready for the winter and will save on your energy bills. 

Contact Connell’s Heating & Air to schedule a routine maintenance on your HVAC, or to schedule an air duct cleaning appointment before the cold winter months reach Augusta in full effect.