Changing seasons means changing demands on your Plano HVAC system as well as your home’s overall energy efficiency. As fall arrives and winter looms, the priority increasingly becomes keeping heat energy in the house rather than closing it out. Energy conservation and household comfort depend on different systems and a different approach than during the summer. The best time to evaluate your Plano HVAC system’s fitness for winter weather performance and efficiency is now, during the pleasant days of autumn just around the corner—not during the first surprise cold snap of the season.
- Look for places heat may escape and close those gaps. Use weatherstripping to seal any openings around doors and windows and install rubber or aluminum door sweeps to eliminate the gap under doors. Caulk any cracks or structural openings such as where the exterior wall meets the foundation, penetration points where pipes enter the home and where ventilation ducts pass from the living spaces into the attic.
- Check the roof for leaks, both externally and inside the attic. While you’re up in the attic, evaluate the condition of attic insulation and make sure it meets the R-30 depth of at least 10 inches of fiberglass or 8 inches of cellulose.
- Schedule an annual furnace tune-up by a Plano HVAC professional. This will increase performance, energy efficiency and safe operation. If you don’t already know how to change your air filter, ask the technician to show you so you can change it monthly during the heating season.
- Seal window A/C units. If you’re not planning to remove window units for the season, wrap the outside of the unit with an approved air conditioner cover to prevent rust and corrosion over the winter.
- Prepare any humidifiers to treat dry winter air by following manufacturer’s instructions to clean and disinfect the unit and maintain a regular maintenance schedule all winter.
- Change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Also prepare your programmable thermostat for winter by checking the programmed temperature settings and making sure a fresh battery is installed.
- Inspect the condition of your fireplace and verify the proper operation of the fireplace damper.
- Check the seal at the bottom of your garage door and make sure the door is closing properly to maintain an optimum seal.
In the Dallas/Fort Worth area, AirRite Air Conditioning specializes in residential cooling and heating technology for year-round comfort. Ask us for more information about preparing your home and Plano HVAC equipment for another winter’s demands.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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