A home with no heat in the middle of a freezing-cold winter is, at the very least, uncomfortable, and at worst dangerous. So, if you’ve been putting off HVAC repairs before winter, it’s best to call your technician or contractor immediately.
Why You Can’t Delay Fixing Your HVAC System
If you’re still running your HVAC system despite obvious problems, you’re turning your unit into a liability. In other words, it’s using more energy but isn’t performing as well as it used to. It’s probably making your indoor air unhealthy, as well, and contributing to mold and mildew growth. Using a damaged heating system can also lead to bigger problems that are more expensive to fix. You’re also risking irreparable damage, which will leave you with no other choice but to replace it.
Why You Should Fix Your HVAC System Before Winter
The quality of heating in your home is very important, especially during the coldest season of the year. The heat should be uniformly distributed around your home. If your furnace is working as it should, you should have no problems with uneven heating. Cold spots in your home typically mean your system isn’t working properly, so an inspection and repairs should be in order.
Maintain Your HVAC System
If you’re still asking yourself how long you can afford to delay scheduling that repair, the answer is no time at all. During the summer months, you’re not likely to use your heating system, but when you turn it on as the cold sets in, this is when you might detect an issue. To avoid emergencies, make sure to call your contractor for regular heating and AC maintenance. Maintaining your system before winter will help prevent problems when you need heat the most.
Basic Care of Your HVAC System
While you need a professional to fix your heating and cooling systems, there are still some things you can do on your own to help prevent your unit from breaking down.
Clean the area around the outdoor unit. Foliage and debris can block your HVAC system’s outdoor unit. Trim the foliage back and remove any debris (leaves, branches, animal nests, droppings, etc.) to make sure the unit’s functionality isn’t affected. It’s not a good idea to install the unit on the ground, either. Install it where it’s at least several inches off the ground and in the shade.
Don’t block the vents. Furniture, boxes, books, and other things can get in the way of a vent. Move them away to allow for unhampered airflow. If you have a room that you don’t always use, you might think it’s a good idea to block off or close the vents in it. Instead, get a multi-zone unit to handle such things, as they’re equipped with separate thermostats for every “zone”.
Has your ductwork been checked and cleaned? Regular inspection and cleaning of your ducts will keep your air clean and flowing freely so the quality of your indoor air isn’t lowered.
Get in touch with Cool Zone Air Conditioning & Heating for your heating and AC replacement or repair needs. Call us today at (623) 777-3881 or fill out this form.