With winter approaching quickly, it’s time to get your home ready for the coldest season! Start with your HVAC unit as it is the main appliance that will keep you warm in the winter. To help you prepare your unit for the new season the right way, the pros at OnTime Service have created a guide on how you can get your HVAC system ready for winter!

1. Change Your Air Filter

Changing your air filter is one of the easiest ways you can maintain your unit and get it ready for the winter. A clean air filter can be better for your indoor air quality, improve your HVAC unit’s performance and save you up to 15% on heating or cooling. If you haven’t changed your air filter, it’s probably a good idea to do it right before winter. Ideally, you should change your air filter once or twice every month, depending on the number of occupants in your home.

2. Clean Up Your Outdoor Unit

Before the new season, it’s important to get all your HVAC system’s components in good shape and your outdoor unit is no exception. Start cleaning your outdoor condenser by trimming vegetation around it and keep a clearance of about 2 ft. Next, use a vacuum cleaner to remove any dirt or dust on the exterior of the unit without bending the fins. For a more thorough cleaning, use coil cleaner and wash it off with water from a hose.

3. Check for Air Leaks

Make sure you check for air leaks around your home, especially around your doors and windows. If you notice any air leaks, it might be time to replace the worn-out weatherstripping under your doors and windows. You can easily get new weatherstripping from your nearest home improvement store.

4. Schedule a Professional Tune-Up

A professional tune-up can really help pinpoint even the smallest issues that you might have ignored. Professional maintenance consists of coil cleaning, refrigerant leak repair, measurement of air flow over evaporator coil, sealing duct leakage and much more. Many local HVAC technicians offer professional tune-up services. Schedule one now to save money on your system and improve it’s quality for the winter!

5. Check Your Thermostat

Make sure your thermostat is performing properly and is on the right settings. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can take advantage of its scheduling feature and change it up however you like for the new season. In addition, make sure the setting is on “Auto” instead of “Fan.” The “Fan” setting allows air to flow through your vents even when your system is not going through a heating or cooling cycle.

Have any more questions about how you can get your HVAC system ready for the winter? Get in touch with the professionals at OnTime Service! Call us today at 251-272-3595 (Eastern Shore/Mobile) or 205-942-1405 (Birmingham) or schedule a service with us on our website. We’re excited to hear from you!