Winterization is all about preparing for the winter. In regards to an HVAC system, it means preparing your HVAC system for the winter. There are a few steps to take to ensure that your HVAC unit is ready to handle the change in weather. Here they are:
1. Shut Your Outdoor Pipes
It’s winter, and you won’t be tending to your garden. Now is the time to shut down your outdoor water faucets and drain the water out of the pipes. During winter, these pipes usually are the first to freeze, so find the shut-off valve for your faucets and drain out the water before winter.
2. Insulate Exposed Pipes
You probably have pipes hinged on your exterior walls or around your garage. These pipes might be exposed to cold during the winter. Have a qualified technician come to check out your pipes if you need to know which ones are exposed. Once this has been confirmed, have them insulate the pipes and other coverings, which can keep your pipes from freezing.
3. Ready Your Furnace
If you have a furnace that powers your heating system, you must give it special attention during winter preparations. Chances are that debris and dust have accumulated in the furnace. To ensure that it functions properly during the winter, clean the dust and debris inside the furnace using a furnace.
4. Replace The HVAC Filter
This is the simplest step in the winterization of your HVAC system. All you’re required to do is change the filter in your HVAC. If you didn’t do this the last fall, you must do it now or get it cleaned.
5. Clean Out The Air Vents
Your air vents must be cleaned as you get your heating system through the winter. You can seek the help of professional HVAC technicians to advise you on the best vent cleaning method.
6. Troubleshoot Your Thermostat
Do you have a programmable thermostat? You should adjust the settings in preparation for the winter season. The temperature you set should match the actual temperature in the different rooms in your home.
Winterizing your HVAC system has a lot of benefits, but the best reason to get this done is so you can deal with any problem that your HVAC system might have before winter. It’s advisable to get an inspection before you begin the winterization process.