Have you finished preparing for winter yet?

Fall is a busy time of year, with upcoming holidays and the new school year demanding everyone’s attention. With all the hustle and bustle, it’s all too easy to overlook important chores around the home.

As the colder months are on their way, it’s important to focus on HVAC maintenance. A properly functioning furnace is necessary for effectively heating a home, and you don’t want your family to be left in the cold.

In this short guide, we’ll go over the basic steps for HVAC winter preparation. By following these tips, you’ll be ready for winter in no time. Keep reading for more.

Schedule a Maintenance Appointment

Wintertime is when your HVAC system is most important, so you’ll want to schedule a maintenance appointment early in the fall if you can.

As a rule of thumb, you should have your system professionally inspected twice per year, in the spring and fall. This helps ensure that your furnace and AC are both working when you need them most.

Change the Air Filter and Clean the Vents

The air filter on your HVAC system is responsible for cleansing the air that your family breathes of dust and allergens. But when it gets dirty, the fan has to work harder to circulate the air, which is bad for the system.

To keep everything working smoothly, you should check the air filter every month and replace it at least every 90 days. You should also clean the vents throughout your house before winter begins, to help improve air quality and circulation.

Test Your Furnace

You don’t want to wait until you’re in 10- or 20-degree weather to turn on your furnace for the first time. To make sure it’s in good working order before you need it, you should turn on the furnace at least three times before winter starts.

Winterize and Protect Your Outdoor AC Unit

Preparing your outdoor AC unit for winter is just as important as preparing the furnace.

Before the snow and ice arrive, brush any debris off of the outdoor unit and clean it with a garden hose. Once it’s dried, cut the power supply to the unit to prevent accidental starts. Then protect the unit with a waterproof cover.

Set Your Automatic Thermostat

Last but not least, set your automatic thermostat so the system will work hardest when you’re actually using the house. You should set the thermostat to keep the house cooler at night and whenever you’re away from home to save energy.

Let Sewell Electric Help With Preparing for Winter

With that, you now know all the most critical steps that go into getting your HVAC system ready for the winter months.

As mentioned earlier, scheduling an HVAC maintenance appointment is an essential part of preparing for winter. If you live in or around Franklin, Tennessee, you’re in luck, as Sewell Electric is here to meet all your HVAC needs.

To schedule a maintenance visit, request repair services, or ask a question, contact the Sewell Electric Company today.