Winter can be quite a romantic time. Hot cocoa, snow, the holidays, it’s no wonder people love winter. However, many hate winter because of all the hazards that come with it. Ice can keep you from leaving your house, the holidays can be stressful, and even worse, your HVAC can break down. If you live in a particularly cold place, even your blankets and clothes can’t protect you from winter should your heater break.
Even if there doesn’t appear to be anything wrong with your heater, you should prepare. You never know when it’ll break down. Not only that, but proper maintenance can not only keep you warm, but save you a lot on your heating bill. Here are some ways to prepare your heat pump.
Replace Your Air Filter
Perhaps the easiest maintenance tip, but it’s sadly overlooked by many. Your air filters will get dirty, and should be changed every month. To prevent dirty air, replace your air filters. If you don’t feel like installing a new one, there are even resusable filters you can try.
Clean Your Ducts
If your ducts are dirty, not only will the air be unclean, but it can cause a massive hike to your heating bill! To avoid this, have your ducts cleaned. Call some heat pump contractors to make sure your ducts are clean and ready to go.
Look at Your Pump’s Location
Your heat pump should not be in an area where something can obstruct it. You should also make sure you don’t have snow and ice accumulating on your pump. Talk to a professional heating company, as they should provide you with a cover that can protect your pump from any hazards.
Update that Thermostat
If you’re still using those old thermostats that measure temperature with mercury, their readings can be inaccurate and causing your heating bill to skyrocket. Go for digital thermostats, which will lock on your ideal temperature and will automatically turn on if the home’s temperature needs to be adjusted. Look for a professional heating company that specializes in HVAC installations.
Have a Maintenance Check
Even if you see nothing wrong with your HVAC unit, you’re probably not a professional. There is something that can be easily overlooked that can destroy your unit if you don’t repair it. Before the heart of winter starts beating, hire a contractor to inspect your HVAC, make suggestions to upgrade it, and repair anything that needs to be.
If you’re looking for heating in Coquitlam, why not give us a try? We can give you an estimate if you need a heating repair, and for emergencies, we’re there for you 24/7. Contact us today for your free estimate.
Once your HVAC unit is inspected and repaired, you can stay warm and cozy during winter, and enjoy the holidays the way they were meant to be: without freezing and without skyrocketing heating bills. From all of us, have a happy, warm, holiday season!