Winters in Connecticut are pretty magical. We typically get the fairytale snowfall and the cold weather needed for picture-perfect festivities. But what isn’t fun is keeping up with routine maintenance and worrying about heat during those frigid cold days.
Homeowners in Connecticut are typically well aware of what’s ahead. A few years of severe winter weather and ensuring you have snow blowers, roof rakes and plenty of salt ahead of storms is routine business by now.
Being prepared for a big storm is just one element to surviving winters in Connecticut. If you own a home, you’ll also have to get it ready to keep you warm during those months.
Here are some tips on how to prepare your HVAC system for the winter in Connecticut.
Give Yourself Time
Nothing’s worse than waiting until the last minute to ensure your HVAC system is functioning. Before you know it, cold nights will be happening in Connecticut and you’ll be sorry you didn’t check sooner. Once the frost hits and you’re wrapped up in tons of blankets trying to schedule a service with the extremely busy repair companies, you’ll wish you thought about this sooner.
Don’t wait until then. Plan accordingly and set-up appointments for maintenance, cleanings or other issues far enough in advance and before busy season so you can get the system up to par.
Changing the filter for your furnace is one of the easier DIY things you can do to keep your system running optimally. Local hardware stores sell the filters you can pick up and easily slide in and out to replace.
You’ll be surprised, especially if your home has high traffic or pets, at just how much debris can build up and get caught in the filters. This will also cause your HVAC system to work harder and use more energy, further increasing your utility bill.
Be Sure Thermostat is Working
It’s also a good idea to ensure the thermostat is giving a proper read and is functioning optimally. If the battery is low, you should replace it now before it totally gives out and if you have a programmable system, you want to be sure to change the setting and controls to keep your home at the right temperatures while you’re away or sleeping. A faulty or broken thermometer can leave you without heat and that’s the last thing you want to do on a cold Connecticut winter night.
Contact Preferred Hood & Duct to schedule your routine HVAC maintenance. Based out of historic Middletown, Connecticut, Preferred Hood & Duct provides the local community with residential and commercial HVAC services from cleanings to restorations, and more.