Winter weather is here—or as wintery as Florida gets. However, even when weather is fairly mild, the arrival of the holiday’s means now is the time to make sure your HVAC system is in strong shape. Your HVAC system isn’t just about temperature—after all, it also controls your home’s indoor humidity and air quality. To ensure a comfortable winter season (through to the next winter), you’ll want to schedule maintenance for your system.
Winter weather is unpredictable, and you don’t want to find yourself with a less-than-functional heating system in the middle of a surprise cold snap. More importantly, making sure your HVAC system is ready for the holidays is a great way to feel more confident about hosting company or family visits. As any homeowner would know, a key part of holiday hosting is having a comfortable, cozy home.
Questions You Should Consider
When was the last time you used your heating system?
As a Florida heating and air conditioning company, we often run into clients who turn on their heaters once every 9 or 10 months. With such little heating use, the need for maintenance is—oddly enough—even more crucial. With minimal use, dust will build up on your system, causing it to give off a burning, smoke-like smell when you turn it on for the first few times.
Preventing the smell—or the presence of actual smoke—will require you to check your system prior to winter (if you have not yet done this, not to worry—Airrific offers 24-hour emergency repair services along with maintenance services to ensure your system is running as efficiently as possible).
Does your air smell clean and fresh?
For moderate climates, people often use a heater in the mornings or evenings, but employ an air conditioner in the warm hours of the day. There’s nothing wrong with this, but homeowners run the risk of facilitating bacterial growth on their heating coils. As a result, running the heater results in a mildew-like odor spreading throughout the home.
Thankfully, getting rid of the smell is a matter of disassembling your unit and cleaning the coils. Hiring a professional to do this work can go a long way towards preventing further bacterial growth (as well as ensure that you do not accidentally damage your unit further).
When was the last time your ducts were cleaned?
Clean ducts ensure that your system is blowing clean air through your system. When an air duct is dirty or clogged, the system works harder to push air through your home. In addition, it increases the chance that your filters are not working as well as they should.
The result? An inefficient system, higher costs, and dirtier air. You live in your home, so you may not notice the air quality—but your guests and visitors certainly will. Scheduling a cleanup of your ducts will allow you and your guests to breathe cleaner air.