The Holiday Season has arrived and it is time to celebrate. If you’re hosting the party for Christmas or New Year’s, you might consider the state of your home comfort equipment as you make your preparations. With some relatively small adjustments, you can give you and your guests the perfect gift and ensure your home is a warm and welcoming space that everyone can enjoy.
Now is a great time to schedule an inspection and tune-up. When a qualified professional conducts a thorough inspection of your home, repairs and small wear-and-tear problems can be caught early. You can give a boost to your energy efficiency at the start of the coldest time of the year.
Replace your air filters. This is routine year-round maintenance, but it’s especially important when the temperatures are colder and your HVAC system is running more frequently. Dirty air filters not only cost you more by reducing your energy efficiency, they can also cause accelerated wear on your equipment.
Clean your ductwork. Over time, airborne particles can collect inside your ducts and negatively affect the treated air that moves through them. This can result in unwanted odors or even respiratory irritation for guests who have allergy sensitivities.
Check your insulation, and replace it if necessary. This is especially important in your attic, as homes tend to experience significant heat loss through the top floor ceiling. If there are less than six to seven inches of insulation on your attic floor, it’s time for replacement. Seek out sources of drafts and leaks in your ductwork. Plug leaky ducts with adhesive to help deliver more of your treated air to your living spaces. This will prevent cold outside air from sneaking in.
Upgrade your thermostat. A programmable thermostat can deliver significant energy savings as the temperatures drop. And if you really want the latest technology, look into smart thermostats. These models offer all the advantages of programmable versions, but most are able to learn your habits and preferences and can be controlled with any smart phone.
The holiday season is for spending quality time with the ones you love, so be sure to take care of these tasks beforehand to avoid an unexpected HVAC breakdown or other problems when you’re ready to celebrate. If you want to learn more about how to carry out any of these tasks, get in touch with your local home comfort experts. Give us a call today at (972) 446-COOL (2665) or find us online at www.spencerairconditioning.com. Spencer Air Conditioning and Heating has been serving your neighbors since 1960 and we are here to meet all of your HVAC needs.