Dec 21, 2020
Check out these tips to help get your home ready for the inevitable winter snowstorm.
Winter is here and with it comes cold weather and snow. While preparing your home for winter weather is a rite of passage for most homeowners, there are some ways you can work smarter instead of harder. This also applies to your home HVAC system. Throughout the winter months your HVAC system will work harder to keep you comfortable in the dead of winter. So why not treat it well so it returns the favor. With the help of GeneralAC.com check out these tips to make sure your HVAC system is in fighting shape against winter's brisk air and unrelenting snowfall.
First things first, it's helpful to inspect all facets of your home HVAC system before it gets too cold outside. That includes the insulation that helps keep your home warm during cold weather. GeneralAC.com says "According to Energy Star, nine out of ten homes aren't sufficiently insulated". This means your home may be one of them. The best practice is to do a thorough inspection of your home's insulation, making sure there are adequate amounts throughout your home. By doing this you'll prevent your heating systems (like a furnace) from overexerting to keep your home at a warm temperature. It's also important to pay extra attention to areas of your home directly connected to the outdoors. This means doorways and windows should be checked for proper seals that prevent cold air from entering your home.
Air filters are an important part of your home's HVAC system because they circulate fresh and clean air throughout your home. Inspecting them before a snowfall (or worse a snowstorm) will give you a good idea if they need to be replaced. If air filters in your home are clogged and left as is, it may create a lag on the performance of your HVAC system. Causing your heater to use more energy to work at a reasonable pace. Filters are often easy to replace but if you're struggling to figure out which to buy for your home contact an HVAC Advocate who can help you find the right fit.
Now that we've inspected our HVAC system thoroughly it's time to make sure we clear away any obstructions or easily fixed issues!
Clear Your Vents
It's easy to forget that your vents are vital to getting warm (or cool) air to specific parts of your home. Which is why it's important to make sure all your vents stay clear. In other words, don't block your vents! Make sure there are no pieces of furniture or obstructions keeping air from entering any space in your home via your vents. A blocked vent can potentially cause issues for your HVAC system which could lead to costly (and unnecessary) repairs.
Now that we've cleared away any obstructions to the inside of your home, it's important not to forget the obstructions that may be lurking outside your home. This is where your 'Heat Pump' comes into play. Making sure your heat pump is clear of any snow or left-over leaves will help your HVAC system operate smoothly. Your heat pump is the main source of warm air inside your home. It pushes heated air through your vents and allows you to stay warm while it's freezing outdoors. So make sure they're clear! An extra tip to help keep work to a minimum is to plan ahead. Raking up any leaves during the fall around your house will prevent snow from packing in un-needed debris around your house. This will make it easier to remove snow during heavy snowfall.
No matter how much you plan, emergencies and unforeseen circumstances will occur. All it takes is a polar vortex coupled with heavy snowfall to push your house's limits. This could lead to power outages for even the best prepared houses. So it may be essential to invest in a backup power source (like a generator) to help keep your home warm when/if the power does go out. This will help keep warm air circulating while crews work to restore power to your area.
These are just a few tips to help prepare your home for winter and heavy snowfall. For a complete list of tips, you can head over to GeneralAC.com.If you need help finding HVAC filters or other useful methods to help prepare your home for winter weather weather, get in touch with an HVAC advocate expert at MyHVACAdvocate today!