Winterizing your house isn’t fun if the outdoor temperature is already at 20 degrees and the sleet has started falling. To make things worse, your sprinkler burst thanks to the frozen lines because you forgot to purge the system before the cold weather started. Fall is the perfect time to winterize your home to make sure that it’s prepared for the cold weather season. This involves reviewing your home’s HVAC system and other critical mechanical and structural systems. You need to deal with all these systems before winter comes, so you could enjoy the cold season without having to worry about your house.
Winterize The Heating System
Your home’s heating system is one of the most critical element for a house during winter and the best time to check your heat pump and other heating appliances is during the fall season. It should be no later than the last week of October. Test your system and make sure that it is fully functional.
Heating System Checklist
Test Run – turn on the thermostat and set to heat mode at 83 degrees. The heat pump should turn on and after a few minutes, warm air should start blowing. In case the heat pump is working fine, set the thermostat back to its normal setting. In case the heat pump is not working correctly, you may try to figure out what’s wrong with it yourself. Based on the problem, you may be able to repair it on your own. But you always have the option to call an expert like DuctWorks Heating and Cooling, Inc.
Seasonal maintenance – you can have your heat pump checked by a professional HVAC contractor Myrtle Beach or inspect it yourself. There are some seasonal maintenance tasks that you can do on your own.
Replace the air filter – replace the filthy and old air filter with a new and clean one. The task is pretty easy. Changing the filter provides a free air flow and a much cleaner environment. Every heat pump has its very own set of requirements for its air filter. So be sure to follow the recommendations provided by the manufacturer. Experts recommend that you replace the air filter every month.
Inspect for carbon monoxide leaks – you can easily detect this silent killer using an affordable test badge or an alarm that’s battery operated. In case you find problems, you should call in a professional right away to check and fix the cause of the carbon monoxide leak.
Winterize Your Air Conditioning System
The condensing unit that is located outside that works by churning away the heat during summer is often neglected. You need to pay some attention to this component as winter comes.
This include cleaning and getting rid of debris from the condensing unit. You should also cover the unit to avoid external elements from causing damage to the unit’s internal components.
Winterize Water Pipes
If there are other components in your home that are susceptible to the cold weather and freezing, they are the water supply pipes. One of the most expensive repairs you may have to deal with during this season are burst pipes. The most vulnerable to problems are the water supply pipes. However, exposed drain pipes may also freeze. Therefore, it is crucial for you to check the plumbing pipes in your house.
Check The Insulation
Serious insulation projects are not something that you have to do right away before the winter season. A house that seriously needs more insulation should be checked carefully and the work done carefully during the warmer season. But there are a few areas you can insulate when winterizing your home. These include the hot water heater, switch plates and outlets outside the house.
Call DuctWorks Heating and Cooling, Inc. for all your heating and cooling needs. Our team is ready all year round to assist you with your HVAC concerns.
DuctWorks Heating and Cooling, Inc.
303 Main St
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582