How to Properly Winterize Your HVAC System

September 14, 2019

Your HVAC system needs to be in good working condition to ensure your home can remain warm and comfortable during the colder months of the year. With proper care and attention, you can reduce the risk of potential issues that develop. As a homeowner, there are a few important ways to winterize your HVAC system.

1. Clean the Register and Air Returns

Dust quickly builds up around the vents and registers every few months, which requires cleaning the area to promote proper airflow. Cleaning the register and air returns will also improve the air quality in the building. Wipe down the opening to clean the ducts while removing grilles and floor registers.

2. Change the Filters

Changing the filters is crucial to promote proper airflow and also prevent the parts from becoming worn out or damaged. Clean air filters make it easier for the system to operate, which can allow everything to run smoothly without putting excess strain on the components.

3. Clean the AC Coils

The AC coils require just as much attention as the other parts in the HVAC system. In most cases, it’s best to call a technician from a company like Home Heating Service, Inc. to perform this task unless you’re a serious DIYer. If you do it yourself, turn off the power and take off the bolts on the access panel. Using a mixture of detergent and dish soap with water will remove excess grime and dirt.

4. Trim Brush Around the Outside Unit

You’ll need to trim any overgrown brush outside that is in proximity to your HVAC system. Vines, shrubs, and weeds can all affect the operation of the HVAC system and can lead to damage if there’s not proper clearance around the unit.

Contact Home Heating Service, Inc. when you’re ready to winterize your HVAC system at the end of the year with the help of an experienced professional. Our team can also perform inspections and can improve the indoor air quality in your residential property.