How to Prepare Your HVAC for the Winter

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Though Florida doesn’t experience the same cold winter temperatures as the rest of the U.S., it’s still important to “winterize” your heating, ventilation, and a/c unit each fall. The fall season presents a prime opportunity to inspect your unit and correct any issues before the cold weather arrives and the hot weather returns. Learn more about the steps you should take to prepare your HVAC for the winter.

Check, Clean, and Replace Your Air Filters

Your air filters play a key role in your HVAC unit’s health, and dirty or clogged filters can cause a whole host of problems down the line. Filters are designed to clean the air that flows over your HVAC unit. When the air filter becomes clogged with dirt, sand, or debris, it no longer permits the free flow of air, which can force your HVAC to work harder. Over time, this inadequate airflow can shorten the life of your HVAC unit and increase your energy costs.

If your air filters still look new or can easily be cleaned to a like-new state, you may be able to keep them for another season; however, because these filters are fairly inexpensive, if they are at all dirty or damaged, it’s a better idea to just replace them.

Check and Clean Your Air Ducts

Any dirt or debris that manages to escape the air filter, as well as interior dirt and debris, will wind up in (or on) your home’s air ducts. Cleaning these ducts twice a year is one of the best ways to improve the air quality inside your home. However, for stubborn or hard-to-reach dust, it’s best to call an a/c technician who has the necessary tools to get the job done quickly and correctly.

Visually Inspect Your HVAC Unit

Give your unit a thorough visual inspection, keeping a close eye for any condensation (which can indicate a coolant leak or filter blockage), frayed wires, or other defects that may point to future issues. While not all these types of problems fall in the province of the DIY homeowner, they can give you the information you need to schedule a tune-up or repair.

Schedule a Tune-Up

Even the best-maintained HVAC system needs a little extra help. A qualified HVAC technician knows exactly what to look for when surveying your unit and can perform maintenance that will extend your HVAC unit’s life for years to come as well as save you money.

A/C Designs can help you get your HVAC system back into fighting shape. Serving Jacksonville and the surrounding cities, our experienced, professional technicians tackle everything from a/c repair and maintenance to duct cleaning, thermostat installation, and new unit installation. Contact us today to schedule your appointment or learn more about what we offer.

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