Now that November has arrived, holiday plans are at the top of mind for many homeowners. If you’re worried that your HVAC system won’t stand up to the test of the holiday season, we can help. The last thing you want during a holiday party or gathering is diminished air quality, unpleasant noises or smells, or a faulty HVAC unit entirely.
Fortunately, what you do now to prepare your unit for the holidays can go a long way in easing your mind and making your home enjoyable for your guests. Check out our HVAC Holiday Preparation checklist below and get started now on making your home comfortable for the holidays.
Clean Out Your Ducts
If you have dirty or clogged air vents, you may be getting a poor air return from your HVAC unit. Head up to your attic and take a quick visual inspection of your ductwork. Are there any tears, disconnections, or gaps? Is your duct tape still attached and intact?
If your ductwork is visibly dirty, that’s a good sign that your home’s air is full of dust and debris as well. Give one of our certified HVAC technicians a call to schedule a ductwork cleaning. Your holiday guests will breathe easier, and they’ll have you to thank.
Inspect Your Air Filters
Your home’s air filter(s) prevents dirt, mold, mildew, pollen, and other allergens from mixing in the air you breathe. You should already be replacing your filter(s) once per month, but if it’s been awhile, we would definitely suggest replacing your filter(s) before guests arrive for the holidays.
Additionally, if your AC unit struggles to pass cold air, chances are high that you need to change your filter(s). If you notice a spike in your energy bills, dust lying near the vents, or allergy attacks from your family members or guests, you should also consider these as a sign to replace your filter(s). Not only will your air flow and quality improve, you’re providing your holiday guests with the best your unit can offer.
Check Your Furnace Flames
Your gas furnace or heater has a burner that should have blue flames on at all times to indicate that it is functioning properly. Any sign of an orange or yellow flame suggests there is a build-up or dirt or debris on your burner. Unusual flame colors also indicate it may be time for a tune-up, so if you notice any color, besides blue, give us a call.
Additionally, if your heater is producing an unwanted smell, it may suggest a natural gas leak, mold growth, or venting problems. Your heater may also produce foul odors if there are cracks in the heat exchanger, blockages, or dampness in the heating area.
Seal Air Leaks
Air leaks occur when outdoor air seeps into your home, or when conditioned air escapes your home through openings and/or cracks. Air leaks can cause moisture problems in your home that can eventually lead to mildew growth and structural defects.
If you notice any air leaks, seal them now to improve your utility costs and create a better indoor environment for you, your family and your holiday guests. You can apply caulk around your windows and door frames, and use weather strips on movable parts of your house like doors to help seal any leaks.
Schedule A Tune Up
If you’re looking for peace of mind during the holiday season, scheduling a tune up with a certified HVAC technician is the best way to get it. They can inspect your unit for any small problems and fix them before they become major ones. They can test the quality of your air and provide tips for keeping your home comfortable for less.
If your unit is broken or needs to be upgraded, your technician can help you determine your best path forward. With a variety of highly-rated models available, like the XC95m Gas Furnace by Trane, we can help you find the best replacement for your home and budget.
A Comfortable Home for the Holidays – Air Solutions of Beaumont
At Air Solutions, we’re here to help you prepare your HVAC system for the holiday season ahead. Whether you need an inspection, regular maintenance or a brand new unit, our experienced technicians are here for you, your home, and your winter guests.
For more information about our heating system selection, or to schedule an appointment for repair or maintenance, contact us today at (409) 962-2476, or visit us at airsolutionstx.com/contact.