Is Your HVAC Ready for Winter?

’Tis the season to switch your HVAC from air conditioning to heating, but is it ready for the transition?

It’s always best to schedule an HVAC inspection in early autumn, well before you really need to heat your home. This is also the best time to make sure your air conditioner is in prime shape after spending the summer keeping you cool and comfortable. Blindly trusting that the heating component of your HVAC will run perfectly is an unnecessary gamble.

Now is the time for the seasonal “sweet spot” when you might not be using your heating, cooling or vents. It’s also the season when HVAC technicians aren’t overwhelmed with service calls, which makes it the perfect time to schedule your maintenance check.

Just because a furnace or boiler appears to work doesn’t mean it’s doing so as efficiently as possible. If repairs or updates are in order, you might be overpaying for utility bills and gobbling up natural resources at the same time.

Winter Checklist

A thorough inspection will reveal if any repairs are needed or any parts are on the brink of giving out. You can also learn at this time whether or not your HVAC system is the right size for your heating and cooling needs. Having the wrong size — either too big or too small — is a huge problem. Too small, and you can’t control the temperature in every room of the house (or even in the main areas). Too big, and you’re wasting resources and money. Unfortunately, many homeowners and builders choose the wrong size — which means you literally end up paying the price for that mistake when you buy the property.

In most cases, it’s not cost-effective to get a new heater or air conditioner when the wrong size was originally installed (although there are exceptions in extreme situations). But at least you will have time to research the future replacement. Boilers tend to last longer than furnaces, but a good furnace can easily last 15 years or more. If you’re interested in shopping around, right now is a great time. Great Black Friday deals will be coming, and getting an Energy Star appliance might mean a tax break.

The Family Meeting Agenda

Once you have your HVAC inspection scheduled, it’s time to call a meeting for everyone who lives in the home. Decide on a temperature that’s comfortable for everyone, but leans toward the cooler side. If you don’t have a smart home, make sure everyone is on board to lower the thermostat to an agreed-upon temperature when they’re the last one leaving the home.

Supplement winter heating with fuzzy socks, hot meals and bundling up (there’s no reason to be wearing shorts and tank tops during a Utah December). Get the snow ball rolling by calling Sandy Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule your HVAC inspection.