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Preparing Your HVAC System for Winter

December 08, 2017

To get the most from your HVAC system, you need to implement basic maintenance on it. While you can certainly do some of these tasks yourself, many of them should be performed by a licensed, trained professional. East Side Ventilation is a local company with a team of knowledgeable technicians. We are always happy to assist you in keeping your HVAC system in top condition.

Your HVAC Winter Checklist

Preparing your HVAC system for winter involves more than simply turning on the heating equipment. Your entire system should be cleaned and inspected for issues. If furnace repair and duct cleaning are needed in your Winnipeg home, it is best to schedule such jobs before the temperatures drop.

· Shut Down the AC – One of the first steps you should take before winter is to shut down the air conditioning system. The air filter should be cleaned or replaced. If you have an outdoor component, this should be cleared of debris and dirt. Remove debris and leaves around the unit, as well. Make sure no leaves or twigs are stuck to the compressor. Once you have hosed down the outdoor unit, allow it to dry for several hours. Then, cover it and be sure that the cover is secured for the winter.

· Clean the Vents and Ducts – Your next step should be to ensure that the vents and ductwork are clean. If you have safe access to the vents, you can remove the vent plates with a screwdriver and dust them. If you must climb a tall ladder to perform this task, hire a professional to do it instead. Next, have the ductwork inspected. If the ducts are dirty or clogged, they will not distribute air properly throughout the winter. This will cause your HVAC system to run less efficiently than it should. Be sure to schedule a ductwork
maintenance visit as soon as you can before the winter season. 

· Prepare the Heating System for Winter – Once you have taken care of the cooling system and ductwork, you can winterize your home heating system. Be sure to clear away any clutter near the furnace. Test your thermostat and furnace for functionality. If you have a programmable thermostat, this is a good time to set it for optimal efficiency. Program it so that the temperature is not as high during the times that you normally sleep or are away from home. If you have a gas furnace, check the pilot light. Also,
remember to book a yearly maintenance visit before winter, so a technician can inspect your home heating system. This is the time for a professional to replace the furnace filter, check the blower belts, and perform other important tasks. A technician will also check for serious issues such as gas leaks and loose connections.

By winterizing your HVAC system now, you may help to keep it functional throughout the coldest months of the year. East Side Ventilation is here to assist you in preparing your heating equipment and HVAC system for winter.

Schedule an appointment now for duct cleaning, furnace maintenance, or furnace repair in the Winnipeg area. Give us a call at 204-667-8700. Also, please feel free to contact us online.

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