If you haven’t noticed, this year’s winter is a little longer than usual. Even though the official day of spring has come and gone, we are still experiencing lower than average temperatures. In fact, in some places it is downright icy. If this is the case, you are probably thinking of ways that you can prepare your heat pump and HVAC system. Not only do you want to take measures to maintain your system, but you may also want to utilize other methods to make your heating system work more efficiently. Here are five ways to prep your heat pump and HVAC system for winter.
- Replace the filter in your HVAC system. One of the most important and critical components in your HVAC system is the filter. The filter is responsible for making sure no dust and detritus gets inside your HVAC system or heat pump. Before the start of the winter, you want to make sure that your system has a brand new filter. You also want to make sure that you swap out the old filter for a brand new one on a monthly basis.
- Perform an inspection. Before your HVAC system or heat pump gets heavy use during the winter, you want to inspect the system to make sure there aren’t any major problems. The last thing you want is to be running your heating system on a particularly cold night and then have your whole system fail or crash. So, you want to do a complete visual, olfactory, and auditory inspection. If you hear anything, smell anything or see anything that seems off, you may need to call an HVAC specialist. And if you are wondering when is it time to replace your heat pump, performing an inspection is your first step.
- Upgrade your thermostat. If you want to make your heat pump system more efficient, you may want to think about installing a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will allow you to set different times for your heating system to go on and off. Some thermostats will measure the temperature inside your home and turn on the heat pump only when your home needs it. This can make you more comfortable and it can lower your monthly utility bills.
- Place insulation in your attic. Heat rises, so if your attic is not properly insulated, the warm air will simply escape. So, you may want to think about placing insulation in your attic if there isn’t any already. Not only can the heat escape and make your home feel cooler than it is, but it can also cause the ice and snow on your roof to melt, which can eventually cause leaks and water damage.
- Clean your ductwork. Your air ducts will be responsible for letting the warm air efficiently travel throughout your home and to each individual room. However, if your air ducts are dirty and full of dust and detritus, the air won’t be able to travel as efficiently. In the end, cleaning your air ducts will not only make your home warmer and your heat pump more efficient, but it will also improve the air quality inside your home.