Prepare Your Home for the Winter Air

by Chris Long - September 14, 2014

HVAC Tech WorkingAs summer draws to a close, and air conditioning units start to fade out of use, many people are taking advantage of the ideal weather conditions –- not so hot that an air conditioner is necessary, not so cold that the heat needs to be turned on, and just enough of a breeze to keep the windows open for some fresh air. But all too often, this period of bliss is followed by a sudden stale and stuffy feeling. The weather gets chillier and the heat has to be turned on, and all of a sudden, everything feels and smells gross. You can’t put your finger on it, but you start wondering if it’s really that crazy to turn off the heat and pile on three winter coats instead.

The problem here isn’t necessarily that you have to save money -– although, let’s be honest, we’ve all felt a little hostility toward the heating and air conditioning unit when the energy bill comes in the mail. For that exact reason, you may have already looked into buying a new programmable thermostat, and you may have promised yourself that you’ll turn the heat down a few degrees this coming winter in order to save a few bucks (and in this case, “a few bucks” can actually be more like “a couple hundred dollars”).

So what is the problem? Heating and air units -– especially if they haven’t been used in a while -– can collect pollutants and pollens in the ducts, filters, and vents. Guess what happens when you suddenly turn on your HVAC unit with all of this debris chilling inside of it? It isn't just in the system anymore -- it's in your whole house.

Even if you don’t already suffer from respiratory problems, it wouldn’t be surprising if you notice that your health takes a dive when the heating and air conditioning units turn on after a while of inactivity. If you don’t feel comfortable with doing some basic HVAC maintenance and cleaning yourself –- and it’s completely okay if you don’t -– then it’s definitely worth your while to call up one of your local HVAC repair services and have them check out the scene. Not only will they be able to handle basic cleaning tasks, like making sure the filter is changed (at minimum) every three months, but they’ll also be able to look at other system parts and evaluate if anything needs to be fixed.

A reliable heating and air conditioning system won’t magically maintain itself –- you have to keep an eye on it to make sure that it’s doing what it’s supposed to. It might seem like a bit of a hassle, but we can all probably agree on one thing: you probably don’t want to put off checking on your HVAC unit until it stops working completely. It isn’t just about saving money. It’s about staying healthy, too.

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