When winter comes you might be worried about escalating utility bills due to higher heating costs. This doesn’t have to be the case. If you get your system ready for winter, you’ll be able to cut your electricity usage and extend the overall life of your HVAC system. There are some easy tips you can follow to prepare your HVAC system for winter and save some money.

Examine the HVAC Unit

Most HVAC systems last 20 years before needing replacement, but you should examine it regularly to make sure it’s functioning properly. It’s also good to do routine maintenance and cleaning. If you don’t want to do maintenance yourself, contact a professional to check it out. Maintaining your HVAC system requires a small investment but it will save you money in the long run.

Change the Filter

Sometimes your HVAC system is inefficient because of old filters clogged with dust and allergens cause strain on your system. This strain can lead to more expensive repairs in the future. If you want to avoid this problem, check the filters regularly and make a habit to change them on a monthly basis. You can also buy reusable filters that can be rinsed, cleaned and reused.

Test the Thermostat

Make sure your thermostat is working properly. If it doesn’t reach the desired temperature or takes too long to reach it, you’re probably facing a mechanical problem. Consider installing a programmable thermostat to replace the older one so you can preset your desired temperature for different times of the day.

Clean the Air Vents

Ensure that air properly circulates during winter by clearing out the air vents. Items like bedding, furniture and so on may obstruct the intake of air and should be kept far away from the HVAC system. Clean the vents to make sure the air is free to move through properly. If you want to take it further, also have the ductwork cleaned.