As you are well aware, it is bound to get extremely cold during winter. For this reason, you need a heating system that works correctly. You should test your HVAC system to know it is well serviced and repaired long before the onset of winter. By carrying out advance evaluation and check-up, you will be able to identify problems and have them rectified. Here are some simple things you can do in order to check on your HVAC system.
Evaluation of the system
Mostly, heating system pipes can be broken leading to leakage. This can have a great impact on its efficiency. In the end, your energy usage hits the roof. On the other hand, the air can be directed where you do not need it such as the basement or attic. Check on your vents to see if they are open or closed and look at the system to see if the fan is dirty and how your furnace filter is looking. There is also the fuse that may be aging and in need of replacement.
Carrying out repairs
Once you have taken note of all the areas where the system is not working to its full potential, the next thing is to have them repaired immediately. Call early as HVAC repair companies get pretty busy in the winter. If you have a home warranty plan, they may be able to pay for the needed repairs.
Schedule for regular maintenance
This is another option that will keep your HVAC systems in top condition. There is no need to wait until a component stops working in order for you to call for repairs. Even before winter rolls in, you should organize yourself such that technicians conduct routine maintenance at certain times of the year. This way, you will find that you save a lot of time and money. Typically it will cost about $45 for a technician to come out and check on everything and to let you know future repairs and things that need attention.
Upgrade the current system
If your HVAC system is about 20 years old, it may be time to think about an upgrade. Shop for a new HVAC system or ask your repair service provider to assist you get an upgrade. You will thank yourself for making such a move once the power bills start going down and you enjoy full warmth from the upgraded system. Many of the new energy-efficient systems are also designed to last for 20-30 years and come with warranties. Talk to a few different HVAC companies in order to find the one that can install a new system for the best price and in a reasonable time frame.
Check your filter
One easy thing homeowners can do is check on their filter. When you have central air in addition to central heating, the HVAC system can become quite dirty. You need to be able to manage this by replacing your furnace filter every 30-60 days. A system that is used often needs to have replacement filters frequently to reduce the amount of bacteria that can come into the home and to ensure you have clean air to breathe. A home without clean filters can mean that your fan can become dirty along with the coil system that is used for heating and cooling needs. A repair technician can check on this but to have the blower motor cleaned professionally you will be paying at least $600 or more.
Caring for your homes HVAC system each year can save you from an expensive investment in a new one along with cold winter nights!