Your HVAC system is an investment in your home’s comfort, so it is essential to protect that investment when the chilly winter months are here. Your heating and cooling systems’ health significantly impacts their ability to maintain comfortable temperatures throughout your home.

Maintaining your units during Greenville’s coldest months ensures that your systems run efficiently and effectively when needed.

Cover Your Outdoor AC Unit

With the winter months come harsh elements. Greenville’s rain, ice storms, and sleet can all cause severe damage to your outdoor AC condenser. In addition, rodents looking to escape the cold can climb into your unit and cause serious issues.

We recommend purchasing a fitted cover to protect your unit and reduce your risk of damage during your unit’s off months so that when summertime comes, you aren’t left in the heat without a functional cooling system.

Clean Your Air Filter

Dirty filters limit airflow, which can mean serious strain and stress on your HVAC unit. Experts recommend replacing these filters every three months to ensure your system doesn’t have to work hard to pull air in; this increases your system’s energy efficiency and means greater temperature control in the home.

Weather Seal Your Doors and Windows

If you’re investing money and energy to heat your home, the last thing you want is for that air to escape through cracks and gaps. Air leaks are commonly found around windows and doors and can be sealed with caulk or weatherstripping.

If your doors tend to sit high, consider purchasing draft stoppers to block the gap between the floor and the door. By keeping the warm air in and the cold air out, your HVAC won’t have to work as hard to maintain your desired temperature.

Check Your Thermostat

Consider turning your thermostat down to save energy and wear and tear on your heating. Preferred notes that the ideal home temperature for the mild Greenville winters is 68 degrees during the day and lower, if possible, at night. Another good gauge is to set your heat to 25 degrees warmer than outside.

If you’re frequently away from home, save your heat! Use a programmable thermostat to set different temperatures for different times of day to save energy and money without sacrificing your comfort.

Check Your Smoke and CO Alarms

To ensure your home is safe for you and your family, you’ll want to test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors once a month.

In addition, replace the batteries once a year. Checking these alarms will protect you when running your heat results in a fire or a leak in your home’s gas line. 

Choose Preferred for Your Greenville Home’s Winter HVAC Maintenance

The most important way to keep your HVAC systems functioning properly is to schedule annual maintenance for your furnace, preferably in the fall. Unlike homeowners, professional technicians can thoroughly clean and inspect your unit to check for any damage or issue that will impact your heating system’s efficiency and safety. 

For superior HVAC maintenance and repairs, go Preferred. Our licensed and insured technicians have helped over 60,000 customers and have provided unmatched customer service throughout Greenville. With emergency and same-day services, free estimates on replacement quotes, and a high level of passion and care, we’re committed to your satisfaction and convenience. Trust the Preferred difference to ensure your home’s HVAC is ready for the Greenville winter.

Go Preferred! Schedule your HVAC tune-up today in Greenville by calling (864) 206-5620 or contacting us online!