Tempe Winter HVAC Maintenance: Filters, Insulation, Vents
Through the winter period we’re currently in, you’re counting on your home’s HVAC system to keep you comfortable and warm. There are a few minor areas to keep an eye on when it comes to maintaining the system through cold season, ensuring it’s always in optimal shape.
At Accurate Air, we’re happy to help. We offer a wide range of heating services for Tempe clients through the winter, from basic maintenance and tune-ups to furnace repairs and replacements as needed. Either on your own or with the assistance of our team of HVAC technicians, what are some of the top basic areas you should be maintaining within your HVAC system this winter? Here are several in this two-part blog series.
Regular Filter Changes or Cleaning
One area that’s important throughout the year but may take on even greater importance during the winter months is your HVAC system’s filter. We recommend changing or cleaning the filters every month at a minimum, and even more so when you first turn up your unit after a lengthy period of non-use.
A dirty filter inhibits airflow and can lead to greater strain on your equipment’s components–especially the blower wheel and blower motor. A dirty filter will also contribute to a system that doesn’t run as long or as efficiently, reducing the life of your system and leading to higher energy bills over time.
If certain important areas of your home are not insulated, such as your attic, you can use the winter months to explore insulation options. This is especially important for homes that are not yet fully insulated, which accounts for 40% of all U.S. houses.
Insulating your home works to reduce energy loss or heat transfer between exterior and interior spaces…which reduces the amount of time needed to bring your home up to a comfortable temperature. Insulation can also help to improve your home’s overall durability.
Clean Your Air Vents Regularly
Your air vents play a major role in the air circulation throughout your home, so it’s important to ensure they are clean and clear of any obstructions. If you find a buildup of dust or other debris on the vents themselves, we recommend gently cleaning them with either a vacuum or soft brush.
If you want to go a step further and make sure they’re completely free from any debris, you can take the vents off and give them a deeper clean with a damp cloth or paper towel. You can also use a vacuum here if needed.
In addition, check the vent register areas where air actually is released into your home. Ensure these are not blocked by any furniture or other items, as this may lead to reduced air flow.
For more on how to ensure quality heating from your HVAC system this winter, or to learn about any of our HVAC solutions in Tempe, speak to the pros at Accurate Air today.