The weather is getting colder and colder each week. Snow is starting to fall in many parts of the country including Greater Springfield, Massachusetts. As the snow starts to fall more frequently you will need to make sure that your HVAC system stays protected. There are things that homeowners can do to help keep your HVAC system safe from harm.
Change Your Air Filters
Our first tip is the simplest one for you to complete. Make sure that you change your filters. If your filter is clogged your furnace will have to work harder than necessary to keep your home warm. How frequently you change your filter will depend on what kind of filter you use. If you take a look at the filter you can tell if it needs to be replaced or not.
Keep Snow & Ice Out of Furnace Vents & Pipes
When it snows, homeowners are good to remember to shovel their driveways and walkways because it is a necessity if they want to leave their home. Many time homeowners forget to check the furnace and intake and exhaust pipes for snow though. Typically these pipes are one or two feet above the ground so if there is just a few inches of snow you do not need to check but if a few feet of snow have fallen you will want to check it out. Taking the time to remove snow and ice will allow your furnace to continue to function as it should.
Clear Snow & Ice from Gas Meter
It is also necessary to keep your gas meter clear of snow and ice. The gas meter has multiple purposes. One of them is to keep track of how much gas you use and another one is to regulate the pressure of the gas that is coming into your home. If snow or ice clogs the vent on the meter it can cause erratic pressure. If the pressure isn’t stabilized your furnace and your water heater will not be able to function properly.
Should I Cover My HVAC Unit in the Winter?
Many people have been incorrectly told that they should cover their outdoor air conditioning unit to help protect it from the snow. Covering your air conditioning unit allows moisture to build up. That moisture can cause damage.
Set Thermostat Wisely
Many times homeowners will change the setting on their thermostat when they leave their house to save money on their utility bill. If you change the temperature too drastically your furnace will have to work too hard to make your home warm again when you increase your temperature once you arrive back home. Changing the thermostat by just a few degrees is absolutely fine unless the weather outside is extremely low.
Furnace Repair & More in Springfield, Granby, Holyoke, South Hadley, Monson Chicopee & Agawam Massachusetts
Having your furnace inspected before the cold weather hits can help take care of any problems before additional problems occur. Ambient Heating and Air Conditioning can have a technician come out and inspect your furnace. When the technician comes out they will fix any problems that they see during their thorough inspection. This will help make sure that your furnace keeps your family nice and warm this winter. Contact us to schedule a furnace inspection today!