HVAC Maintenance Tips For Winter

Winter is here! It’s time to start getting your home ready for the cold nights. Let BV Air Conditioning & Heating help you with these HVAC maintenance tips for your home this winter season. Clean the filters regularly. A clogged and dirty air filter can disrupt the flow of air in your home. Aside from that, it will cause an extreme amount of stress to your unit forcing it to work harder than necessary and can lead to early breakdown.  Be sure to keep the filters clean regularly and swap them out as needed. Clean the inside. Try to open the inside of your heating unit and clean debris and dust buildup in there.  You may use a regular vacuum for this task. Cleaning the inside part of your furnace does not only improve air quality, but it also helps your unit work at its best. Don’t ignore strange sounds. If you hear unusual sounds coming from your unit, it could be an indication that something in it has gone bad. Strange sounds could mean that a certain part needs replacement or repair. If you’re not sure, you’re better off bringing in a professional HVAC technician for help. Invest in a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat gives you a better control of your heating and cooling needs. You can easily program it at different temperatures for different times of the day. Investing in a programmable thermostat reduces heating bills by up to 75 percent. Adjust the supply register. Now that the winter set in, you should open some of your supply registers on the first floor and close a few on the second floor. It gives you a better way to control the heating and cooling of your home. You and your family depend on your heating unit throughout the cold winter nights, so it’s important to prepare it for the upcoming weather. If your HVAC needs servicing, call the experts at BV Air Conditioning & Heating.

5 Most Common HVAC Problems

With constant use, there will come a time that your heating and cooling fails. Here’s five of the most common HVAC problems that trouble homeowners.
  1. Dirty Filters
Air filters play an important role in your unit’s proper function. They trap dirt and airborne particles and prevent them from entering your home. Be sure to replace air filters regularly because the trapped particles can block airflow, causing stress on your unit and health risks to you and your family.
  1. Thermostat Issue
Your thermostat regulates your home’s temperature. Before you assume that the problems with the temperature are caused by malfunctioning HVAC systems, see to it that your thermostat is in shipshape. Sometimes, the problem lies on drained batteries and incorrect thermostat settings.
  1. Airflow Problems
Air leaks in the duct is one reason why you’re experiencing airflow problems. Check also your outer units if there are blockages that hinder the proper flow of air. Be sure to remove these debris and seal all leaks to prevent future complications.
  1. Leaking Refrigerants
Refrigerants are responsible for the cooling of your home. A leaking refrigerant is detrimental to your system for it may cause the components to work longer to meet your normal needs. This can greatly affect your energy consumption bill.
  1. Improper Air Balance
Dampers help in managing the right amount of cooled and heated air that comes out of your vents. If you feel that some rooms heat or cool faster than the other, it can be because the dampers are not balanced. You can always get rid of these problems with regular HVAC maintenance. Call the experts at BV Air Conditioning & Heating to keep your unit running in good shape throughout the season.