How to Improve Your Heating System Now

As summer turns to fall it’s time to start thinking about your HVAC unit. Is yours ready to handle another winter? For winter maintenance and HVAC repair in Kennesaw, check out these tips from Shriver Mechanical, Inc, for tips to help improve your unit.

Change Filters

The easiest way to instantly improve your heating system’s performance is to simply change out the filters. Most HVAC filters are designed to last between 2 and 3 months, depending on your usage. Changing your filters will also protect you again indoor allergens that build up over the winter season. In the spring, you can open your windows for fresh air but in the winter months, air is recirculated over and over again. Allergens can become trapped inside your home which is why you need to change your filters regularly. If you have pets, you should consider changing your filters once a month to prevent the build of up pet dander in your system. Clean filters allow air to flow freely which means your unit won’t have to work as hard to move air through the system.

Bleed Radiators

For homes that use a hot-water radiator system, you should bleed your unit before the first cold snap. To bleed the radiator, start the boiler and allow it time to warm up. Check that the circulator pump's working; if it’s not or if it’s making any unusual noises, turn the unit off and call your local HVAC repair technician. Once the unit's warm, position a container under the valve and open it, allowing the water to work its way through the unit and force the air out. When you have water coming through the valve, close it and move on to the next unit. By performing this check, you can troubleshoot problems ahead of time and have them fixed before winter sets in.   

Ceiling Fans

Your ceiling fans may not be a part of your HVAC unit, but they’re very useful when it comes to heating your home during the winter. As your heater or radiator pumps warm air into your home, that air travels up and usually hovers close to the ceiling. A ceiling fan on the right setting will force warm air back down into the room. Most ceiling fans come with a switch on the side of the housing that reverses the blade's direction. When you start to feel cold, simply flip that switch. The blades will turn in a clockwise motion, forcing warm air back down into your living space. This will reduce the strain on your unit throughout the winter months.

Yearly Tune-up

Make sure to have your HVAC unit inspected at least once a year. Regular HVAC service in Kennesaw can help spot problems before they happen. Your technician will make sure your unit's ready to handle this season’s fridge temperatures.