Summer is coming to an end, ensure your Heating and Cooling equipment is ready for winter.
This is the time of year that we all are wondering what to do with our HVAC system for winter strikes. First we want to look at the condition of the outdoor unit or condenser. If the outdoor is clean and free of debris (sticks, leaves, dirt etc) feel free by all means to cover it. Covering the unit is totally fine it helps protect the unit finish from winter sun and protects it from additional dirt and debris though the upcoming fall and winter months. However, if the unit is dirty and in need of service do not cover it. The reason being covering a contaminated unit through the winter can create a highly corrosive environment. Let me explain, covering a dirty unit can create green house affect. This means on the warm winter days with lots of sunshine the outdoor unit will warm and thaw. Most units are placed next to large exterior walls that help promote radiant warming of the unit in the winter. The leaves and debris inside the unit will thaw and start to decompose creating a very unfriendly environment. As the sun sets and temps drop the freezing process takes over again. You can see the cycle that can be created with this situation, it can wreak havoc on your condenser and lead to premature failure due to rot and rust. So if you want to cover it lets make sure its nice and clean first. Or if you would rather leave uncovered it is built for the outdoors ad
Second let’s take a look at the indoor system, the furnace and ducting. First let’s make sure the air filter is clean. High-efficiency filters have a lifespan of up to 6 months, check the install date and act accordingly. One inch filters are only good for about a month and should be replaced for the new season. Also take a visual inspection of the inner workings of the furnace itself. Inspect the combustion chamber and the blower of the furnace making sure it is free of dirt and dust. Also visually inspect the duct system if possible ensuring clean ducts throughout the house. You may be due for a whole house duct cleaning. Visually inspect, if possible, the flue pipe off the furnace. Many PVC flues are just above ground level so access from rodents is very easy. The last recommended service inspection requires you to adjust the thermostat and bring the furnace into a call for heat. When the system starts you will want to watch the entire combustion sequence to ensure safe combustion and of course listen for any new sounds the furnace may be making.
These simple steps could potentially save you time and money on your Heating and Cooling equipment in the years to come. If you are not comfortable performing these inspections, or if you discover a problem during your inspection contact Custom Mechanical for fast friendly service.