7 Recommended Pre-Winter Heating & Cooling Services
To prevent problems this year, it is important to winterize HVAC appliances. Without doing this, appliances could break or cause greater problems later down the road. Below are some ways to get ready for the winter months this year.
Inspect the Heater and Air Conditioner
It is very important to have both the heater and air conditioner inspected by a professional each year. A trained professional can detect potential problems and fix them before they become severe. This can also prevent catastrophic damage that could be caused if the heater were to stop working on a cold winter day.
Cover the Air Conditioner
An air conditioner cover can prevent snow and animals from getting inside while not in use. Small insects, birds, and mice often see air conditioners as a great place to stay for the winter. Simply covering the air conditioner with a purpose-built cover will prevent these problems.
Inspect Your Ducts
According to the EPA, as much as 60 percent of a home’s energy consumption is often wasted inside the ducts. Older ducts often let heat out into the walls, under the floors, and even outside. To prevent wasting energy in this way, homeowners should have their ducts inspected by a professional to see if there options to save money with newer ducts.
Consider New Insulation
Although most homes have insulation inside the walls, it is not uncommon for existing insulation to be inefficient. As a result, heat can be wasted unnecessarily. Homeowners should also consider having their windows inspected to see if they are letting out too much heat.
Replace Necessary Components
Even among homeowners who take the initiative to have their equipment inspected, it is not uncommon to see replacement being neglected. Although this can initially be expensive, it will eventually save money in the long-run.
Repair When Needed
After spending so much money on the HVAC appliances themselves, repairs should not be neglected. By spending a small amount of money now, homeowners can save themselves thousands later down the road. Parts that have worn out can also cost extra money due to reductions in efficiency.
Before the winter comes, homeowners should have their home’s plumbing system inspected to see if pipes need to be covered. This can prevent problems associated with pipe freezing or cracking. It is unfortunate that homeowners often neglect this, since bursting pipes can cost thousands to repair.
Is your HVAC unit ready for the winter? Make sure it is by calling Allan E Power Plumbing Heating Cooling at (708) 352-1670 and scheduling a service call today!