How to Maintain Your HVAC System in Winter

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Winter Heating Maintenance Tips to Keep Your System Running Smoothly

Winter is here, and with it comes the need to keep your heater running smoothly. In order to avoid costly repairs and to keep your home comfortable during the colder months, it’s essential to take some proactive measures to maintain your HVAC system. Here are some winter HVAC maintenance tips to keep your system running efficiently all season long.

1. Change Your Air Filters Regularly

When your heating system is running, it’s constantly circulating air through your home. This means that your air filters can get clogged with dust, pollen, hair, and other debris, which can reduce the efficiency of your system and even lead to overheating issues. To avoid this, you should change your air filters regularly, ideally every 1-3 months. This will help keep your system running smoothly, and it will also improve the air quality in your home.

2. Check Your Thermostat Settings

Your thermostat is the control center for your HVAC system, so it’s important to make sure it’s set up correctly. During the winter months, you should set your thermostat to a lower temperature when you’re not at home, and then raise it when you return. This will help you save money on your energy bills while still keeping your home comfortable.

Avoid turning your heating system off altogether on really cold days when you are away; allowing your heater to run occasionally to maintain a comfortable temperature actually takes less energy than it does for your heater to warm up your entire home from a cold temperature.

3. For Heat Pump Owners: Give the Outdoor Unit Room to Breathe

A heat pump's outdoor unit operates when the system is cooling air and when the system is warming air. The unit requires plenty of ventilation to perform efficiently. Make sure there are no shrubs, weeds, or bushes growing up against the unit that might impede airflow.

4. Schedule Professional HVAC Maintenance

Regular maintenance is critical to keeping your HVAC system running smoothly all winter long -- and for years to come. Schedule a professional HVAC maintenance appointment to have your system inspected, cleaned, and tuned up. This will help catch any potential issues before they turn into costly repairs and will help keep your system running efficiently.

5. Consider Upgrading Your System

If your HVAC system is old, outdated, or cost you an arm and a leg to use last winter, it may be time to consider upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model. Newer systems are designed to be more efficient, which can help you save money on your energy bills while still keeping your home comfortable.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your HVAC system performs at its best all season long. If you need professional HVAC maintenance or repairs, contact Legacy One Heating today at (425) 906-3447. Our team of experienced technicians can help keep your system running smoothly all winter long.

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