As winter approaches so does the chill of Jack Frost and snow and ice. Having a heating system that works properly is not only a convenience here in Michigan but it’s also a must for simple survival. With nights dipping well below freezing you can die without a good working furnace or HVAC system in place. In this article I’ll talk about some of the things that you can do to get your HVAC system or furnace ready for the upcoming cold weather here in Michigan.
Is Your HVAC System Ready for This Weather?
One thing that you’ll certainly want to check before cold weather gets here is the HVAC system in your home or the furnace in your home. Keeping warm in winter here in Michigan can mean you’ll need to take extra steps that you may not need in areas such as Texas or other lower states. Making sure your HVAC system or furnace supplies heat is a must here however. In this article I’ll talk about some of the things you’ll need to do to ensure you stay warm and your HVAC system performs as it should.
Get an HVAC Inspection Each and Every Year
Your HVAC system or furnace needs to be inspected by a qualified HVAC technician each and every year. This inspection isn’t just because you’re changing filters. Although that’s usually included. But the main part of an HVAC inspection is that the components of the system are checked and if there is a problem it can be handled easily. It also allows problems with the unit to be fixed before they completely break down. Many times HVAC technicians will run diagnosis on each part of the system and if there is a problem they can change or repair that problem before it completely makes the system unusable. Getting an annual inspection can help yo locate and correct these problems. It’s much better to have them fixed on a sunny, fall day rather than in the middle of the night here in Michigan.
Many times HVAC technicians will run diagnosis on each part of the system and if there is a problem they can change or repair that problem before it completely makes the system unusable.
When Problems Occur Call an HVAC Technician
When a problem occurs with your furnace there are some home owners that will take matters into their own hands and attempt to effect repairs. If you’re using a gas or propane system that can be extremely dangerous. Even for electrical systems the risk of fire from repairs from home owners can be huge. In order to get the best repairs that are done right and also done quickly you’ll need to hire only certified HVAC technicians who are properly qualified to work on the heating and cooling systems of your home.
Only Use Emergency Heat in an Emergency
Many HVAC systems today have an emergency heat setting that can keep the home at a comfortable level in the event of a failure in the HVAC system. This setting usually relies on electrical elements that come on to provide some heat into the home while not utilizing the entire HVAC unit. While emergency heat can provide some warmth when the unit stop functioning properly it should not be used continuously. If you’re using the emergency heat function on your HVAC system for constant heat over many days chances are you’re going to make the entire system fail. Only use the emergency heat function of your HVAC system or furnace during an emergency.
Keep Vents Clear and Air Filters Changed
Keeping your vents clear of blockages can help the unit perform much better. You’ll also need to change air filters on a regular basis. Many HVAC technicians recommend changing the air filter once per month while others say that every two months is okay. Since they are relatively inexpensive changing them every month seems to be the best advice. Especially since keeping a free and open system that allows plenty of air flow can really help the HVAC system be much more energy efficient.