After what always feels like a never-ending summer, winter is coming at last, which means cooler temperatures are on the horizon for us here in Texas. While the winter doesn’t get as cold here as it does in other parts of the country, there are still things you can do now to prepare your HVAC system for what lies ahead. You’ll be grateful for the small amount of attention you give your unit now when you and your family are warm and comfortable all winter long.
Tip #1: Keep Your System Clean
Your heating and cooling units rely on a filtration system to keep the air you and your family breathe clean. Dust, debris, dirt, mold, mildew, pollen and a host of other allergens are trapped by the filter, but when the filter is dirty, it doesn’t do its job nearly as well. In fact, it forces your system to work harder, causing your energy bills to increase for no improvement on your home comfort. Your home’s filter(s) should be replaced monthly, or as often as indicated by the manufacturer to keep your HVAC system working properly.
Tip #2: Prepare Ahead for Winter
Preparing your system for winter now will save you time and money once the cold season finally arrives. Fill in insulation gaps and seal around your doors and windows. This will help your system to run efficiently all winter long. Caulking and weather stripping are additional measures you can take to conserve heat and energy that may otherwise escape your home.
Tip #3: Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable or smart thermostats help you better control your home’s comfort while working to help you keep your utility costs down. Constant fluctuations in your home’s temperature is expensive, especially when you add it up month-over-month. A programmable thermostat will help you find the right temperature for your preference, set it and forget it. You’ll save by not fidgeting with the temperature dial and your home will remain warm and cozy all winter long.
Tip #4: Consider Upgrading to a New Unit
If your HVAC system is ten years old or older, it might be the right time to consider investing in a new system. Your local HVAC technician, like the ones at Sun Air, can help you find the next unit that best fits your individual needs and budget. While an investment, a new system actually saves you money over time by decreasing your utility costs. A reliable HVAC professional can help you settle on the best route for your future home comfort needs.
Tip #5: Maintain Your System
The single best way to avoid costly or inconvenient problems with your HVAC system is to keep up on its maintenance all year round. Keep it clean from dirt, get it regularly inspected by a professional, and serviced by a licensed HVAC technician, like the ones at Sun Air. We can help you correct small problems before they turn into larger ones, give you recommendations on how to conserve energy and save on your utility costs, or recommend a new unit if it’s time for an upgrade.
Southwest Houston HVAC Repair and Maintenance – Sun Air
Sun Air Conditioning and Heating specializes in the professional repair, service, replacement, and installation of all types of heating and cooling systems. It’s how we’ve become one of Houston’s most trusted air conditioning companies. Client comfort is our priority, so we offer regular maintenance and service all year round for both residential and commercial customers. To learn more, or to schedule a whole system tune-up with one of our professional HVAC technicians, visit sunairconditioning.com.