Winter is right around the corner. With this in mind, you will need to begin prepping your house to deal with the cold weather. If you do not properly prepare your home for the cold, it is likely that you’ll find yourself cold and freezing at night. There are many different ways to better your home for cold weather. In this guide, you will find basic information for making sure that you’ll be able to stay warm inside your home, during this winter. You will also learn some basic information for inspecting your heating system.
Checking the Insulation
While it is your HVAC unit’s job to pump out hot air, it is the insulation’s job to maintain that heat within your home. If you do not have sufficient insulation, your HVAC unit will have to work double to ensure that your house is warm, which will dramatically spike your electric bill. Therefore, you should begin by inspecting your insulation. Remember that insulation should be installed in your floor, ceiling and walls. If your house is fairly old, you will want to consider upgrading to some new insulation. Over the years, the technology surrounding insulation has improved dramatically, which has allowed insulation to become more much efficient. Make sure your home is fitted with the best insulation you can afford.
Give your Unit an Inspection
Before winter gets underway, it is extremely important to make sure that your unit is still working properly. In a lot of home, many people don’t run their HVAC units, after summer ends, until the cold winter arrives. While this will help to save money, it is important to turn the unit on regularly to ensure it is working properly. Whenever you do this, you should inspecting the inside and outside unit. Be sure to inspect the unit visually and audibly. If you happen to see or hear anything that doesn’t look right, you might want to consider contacting a professional climatisation company. They will be able to locate and fix the problem easily.
Most homes will have only one thermostat. Of course, it is not uncommon to see homes with multiple thermostats. Your thermostat is the device used to turn on and off the system. It is also responsible for maintaining the specific temperature within your home. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you have accurate thermostats inside of your home. Some of these receive their power from batteries. If you have one that does, you will want to make sure that your batteries are brand new, before winter.
Replacing your Filter
While there are some things that require the assistance of a professional, there are minor tasks that you can do on your own. For instance, you should be able to find and replace your unit’s filter without any help. Depending on the type of filter you have, you might be able to reuse it. If this is the case, you will want to wash it really good, before returning it. On the other hand, you might need a brand new filter altogether.