How to Prepare Your HVAC for Winter

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The easiest ways to prepare your HVAC unit for winter is to change your filters. A dirty filter forces your unit to work hard which can drive up your monthly energy costs and decrease overall air quality. Most high-quality filters are designed to last at least three months, so mark your calendar for the first day of the season and replace your filter. If you have pets, consider changing your filters once a month to help manage airborne dander.


As summer turns to autumn and the leaves begin to fall, it’s time to break out the rakes. Leaves and other yard debris can easily become trapped inside your outdoor unit. Clean up around your unit on a regular basis by raking out dead leaves. Turn the unit off and spray inside the unit with your garden hose. This also helps remove leaves and debris stuck inside. If some woodland creature has made a home inside your unit, call your local animal control to help safely remove them.


Many in the industry debate about the necessity of HVAC cover but if the weatherman predicts heavy snows this season, it’s worth considering. An AC cover can be a simple plastic housing around and over the unit. So long as there's adequate room for air to flow into and out of the unit, a cover will also help protect your unit from ceasing when temperatures suddenly drop.


Before the season changes, schedule an inspection with an experienced HVAC service provider. Regular inspections can help spot problems before they start. A heat pump, for example, will give off several signs before it’s about to die. HVAC technicians are trained to spot these warning signs and replace parts as the need arises. However, when your heater goes in the middle of a winter storm, it could be days before your HVAC can fix your problem. Since 2010, the technicians at Premier Comfort Services have been helping residents in the great state of Georgia weather frigid winters and humid summers. Don’t be left out in the cold this winter; have your unit inspected today by the experts at Premier Comfort Services.