It is crucial to protect your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit from the elements throughout the year but especially in the winter. Snow and ice can damage your unit and cost you unnecessary repair costs or even replacement.
Whether your unit is on the ground or roof, it needs to be clear of debris and whatever the weather can bring. Rooftop units usually function well on their own. One concern with this type of unit is heavy snowfall. The rooftop unit will have to be checked and possibly cleared of snow. A heat pump unit will need more attention because even a moderate snowfall might affect it. Here are some items to check before the snowflakes start to fall:
To keep your unit running smoothly, it is a good idea to change the air filter on your unit. When your system gets clogged with dust and debris, it can hinder its function.
Check if your thermostat responds to the set temperature you desire for your building. If the thermostat is battery-powered, make sure that the battery is working. The battery should be changed at least once a year.
If there is any debris around your unit, remove it. Cut back any overgrowth of bushes or grass. By having a clean area around your unit, you will ensure it remains in proper working order.
Schedule an inspection of your ductwork, replacing any missing or damaged insulation. Check for hole where air can leak into or out of the duct. Ductwork should also be free of debris for unobstructed airflow. Leaks and obstructed airways raise energy costs by overworking the unit.
It is essential to make sure that you have enough fuel to last the winter. Houses that use oil, propane, or natural gas should check their supply before winter begins. Running out of fuel in the middle of winter is not desirable. A fuel heating system can be more cost-effective than electric heating systems.
Have a scheduled maintenance check two times a year. Once in the spring and once in the fall. By doing this, you will ensure your HVAC unit is operating at its optimum level. Regular maintenance will extend the lifespan of the unit.