Winter storms in Cleveland bring extreme cold, ice, and snow, which can be dangerous for you, your family, and your home. One of the most important systems to maintain during the winter is your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Properly preparing your HVAC system for winter helps ensure that it runs efficiently and effectively, keeping your home comfortable, warm, and safe.
Did you know?
Every HVAC unit city in the USA has a 1 percent outdoor design temperature. That means your system is designed to withstand extreme temperatures 1 percent of the year in your area. In Cleveland, the outdoor design temperature is 9 degrees. So once the temperature drops below 9 degrees, your system will work harder and longer to maintain the temperature. And it may not be able to maintain that temperature if your furnace needs service, is aging, or is not the proper size for your home.
How to prepare your HVAC system for winter storms
Replace or clean your air filters
Dirty air filters restrict airflow and make your HVAC system work harder, which leads to decreased efficiency and even system failure. It’s a good idea to replace or clean your air filters at least once a month during the winter.
Insulate your ducts
Ducts that are not properly insulated lose heat, which leads to bad efficiency, leaky air, and higher energy bills. Have a local HVAC professional check to see if your ducts are properly insulated, especially if they run through unheated areas like attics or crawl spaces.
Seal any air leaks
Leaks in your home’s envelope (the boundary between the interior and exterior of your home) can let cold air in and warm air out, making it harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. Use weatherstripping and caulking to seal any gaps or cracks around windows, doors, and other openings.
Have your HVAC system professionally inspected
A professional HVAC technician can identify any potential issues with your systems like poorly installed insulation or a damaged furnace and then make the necessary repairs or adjustments to ensure that it is running efficiently and effectively.
Keep the area around your HVAC unit clear
Snow, ice, and debris can accumulate around your HVAC unit, which can restrict airflow and make it harder for your system to function properly. Be sure to keep the area around your unit clear to allow for proper ventilation. The same is true of your air intake and exhaust from your furnace. And if you have a heat pump, clean around that so it isn’t covered or buried in snow.
Following these tips will help ensure that your HVAC system is ready to keep your home comfortable and safe during winter storms. If you have any concerns about the condition of your system, call Max Air Comfort for quick, expert services at an affordable rate.
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