Here in Austin, we don’t often need hardcore winter preparation. Our mild Texas winters can lull us into a false sense of security and make us believe our homes and HVAC systems will be fine all season long. Unfortunately, Texas loves to surprise us, and a sudden freeze could be just around the corner at any time!
That’s why Service Wizard is sharing some helpful information about winterizing your home and preparing your heating system. With a few of these tasks completed, your home will stand up much better against winter temperatures — leaving you comfortable and boosting your HVAC efficiency!
Assessing Your Comfort
Before the winter season hits is the best time to evaluate how comfortable your home is and how well your heater is functioning. Checking on your heater’s health at this time will give you the opportunity to identify any problems that need professional solutions. With expert help on your side, your heater will be able to run dependably throughout the cooler months. Check for the following things in your home:
It may seem obvious, but it’s a good idea to double-check your heater’s ability to warm your home sufficiently. Test this by setting your thermostat and seeing how long it takes the heater to warm the home and if the temperature ever reaches the desired amount. If your heater can’t heat your home, a professional needs to help you out.
Sounds & Smells
A healthy furnace shouldn’t be making odd sounds or emitting foul smells. If you struggle with odors or noises in your home when your furnace is running, it’s important that you contact a professional. Unidentified repairs can lead to major breakdowns inside your furnace. It’s better to have the problem repaired and dealt with immediately.
High Moisture Levels
All air is going to retain some moisture, but your furnace should be dehumidifying your home as well as warming it. If you feel like your home is sticky and humid, it could be because your heater is failing or needs repairs.
One of the very best things you can do to prepare your furnace for high levels of use is to change out the air filter. The air filter is really important to keep clean for a few reasons. Your air filter:
- Keeps your air quality cleaner.
- Allows your heater to operate without obstacles.
- Prevents the accumulation of air contaminants within the system.
Locate your furnace’s air filter and make sure it is clean before winter hits. You’ll be glad you did when you don’t have to worry about your heater performing during a cold front!
Consider A Furnace Upgrade
If you can bolster your heater to serve you another winter season, then that’s great! However, not all furnaces can make it through another year. It might be time to consider replacing your furnace with a more efficient and reliable unit. A heater installation in the middle of winter is a source of stress for your home, so it’s a great idea to think about your heater’s health before winter arrives. This way, you can work with a reputable heating company to ensure your new heater can deliver exactly what your home needs!
Local Heater Replacement You Can Count On
Service Wizard is your go-to team for any and all heater services. If it’s time to invest in a furnace replacement, let us make the process easy and clear. Face this winter with confidence and comfort! Give us a call to start your service request today!