Preparing Your Heating System for Winter

In Marietta, heating and cooling maintenance is an important part of being a homeowner. To get your unit ready for winter, check out these tips from the professionals at Shriver Mechanical.

Filters and Ducts

The first and easiest things you can do to prepare your heating system for winter is to change your filters. Most high-quality filters are designs to last up to three months at least. This is especially important during the winter months when people typically spend more time indoors. If you have pets, you should change your filters every month, especially if you have allergies. The excess dander and fur in the air will clog filters faster, forcing your unit to work harder to pull air through the return vent. This will manifest itself in the form of higher monthly energy costs. Clogged ducts will also cause your energy bills to climb and increase the amount of dust circulating in your home. Before the seasons change, have your ducts inspected and cleaned if needed.  

Condensation Lines

Your AC unit works very hard during the summer to keep your home cool. It does this by removing excess humidity from the air before circulating it back into your home. Condensation lines remove excess moisture and transfer it outside. These lines are breeding grounds for mold and mildew, which is why cleaning them is an important part of regular HVAC maintenance. Locate your condensations lines either inside your garage or AC closet. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for flushing the condensation lines. Most manufacturers will prescribe pouring a half cup of bleach or white vinegar into the line. Depending on what they recommend, you may notice the smell inside your home, but it'll pass after a few minutes.    

Bleeding Radiators

If you have an older home that still uses a radiant heating system, make sure to bleed the radiators before the first cold snap. Start your boiler and let it warm up, checking around the unit for leaks and unusual sounds. Take a large bowl or plastic container and position it under the radiator valve then open it. Give it a few minutes to force the air out. At the first sign of water, close the valve and repeat the process for each radiator in the house.    

Cleaning the Outdoor Unit

As summer turns to autumn and the leaves begin to fall, it’s important to keep your outdoor unit clear of organic debris. Dead leaves stuck inside your outdoor HVAC unit can either be a fire hazard or a breeding ground for mold and mildew depending on the weather. Keep your unit clean by spraying inside the unit with a garden hose or high-powered leaf blower. Maintain a three-foot clearance around the unit by clearing away any outdoor furniture, lawn equipment, and snow. For more helpful tips, or information on heating and air condition installation in Marietta, contact your local HVAC repairmen.