Winnipeg winters are harsh on your home’s heating and cooling systems. The last thing you want is for your air-con system to fail as the weather turns hot. After a long hard winter, your system is particularly susceptible to failure and needs a little TLC to ensure it’s running smoothly and efficiently.
So what can you do to prepare your HVAC system for the spring? Here are a few tips to get it ready.
Schedule Regular HVAC Inspections
The best way to prepare your HVAC for the spring is preventative maintenance throughout the year. A professional HVAC technician ensures your system lasts longer by performing regular inspections and catching early warning signs before they cause trouble later on.
Just like most dentists recommend annual checkups for your teeth, most HVAC technicians recommend annual inspections of your heating and cooling systems. A small annual cost now prevents more costly heating and air conditioning repairs or replacement down the road.
Change Your Filters Every Season
Your HVAC system uses filters for a reason, right? No one wants to breathe dirty and dusty air. But if your filters aren’t clean, that’s exactly what’s being recycled into your home.
Clean filters not only allow your HVAC system to work more efficiently, but clogged, dirty, or blocked air filters are one of the most common reasons for HVAC system failures. The system also has to work harder, consuming more energy and raising your energy prices.
It’s recommended to replace your filters every 30-90 days for optimal performance and clean airflow.
Keep Your HVAC Units Clean
If some parts of your HVAC system are located outside, you’ll want to make sure that the units are cleaned and free of debris that could clog or get stuck inside. This is especially important in Winnipeg where the harsh winter weather can leave a substantial amount of debris in or on your unit.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Energy efficiency is more important than ever these days. If your system’s thermostat is old and worn out, it may be time to upgrade to a new programmable thermostat. Are you out of the home at certain times of the day? A wi-fi and programmable thermostat give you better control of the temperature, so you can set it how you want and when you want.
By optimizing the temperatures in your home throughout the day, you’ll save money on energy and can extend the life of your system.
Test Your HVAC System
Before the warmer weather sets in, it’s a good idea to give your HVAC system a good test drive to ensure it’s in good shape. Listen carefully for any noises, leaks, or other signs your system is struggling with. If you hear or see anything that doesn’t sound right, it’s a good idea to get those minor problems fixed now before they become larger more expensive problems later on.
You can test this by changing the thermostat between heating and cooling a few times to make sure it’s responding correctly.
When was the last time you had your HVAC system professionally inspected? If you haven’t had an HVAC technician out this spring, then give us a call today to book your inspection.
Lynn’s HVAC Winnipeg will make sure your system is working properly before going into the warmer summer months.