Recent severe weather and icy conditions made life difficult for residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Traffic was a nightmare. There were cases of people spending the night in their vehicles while others were forced to abandons their cars and trucks on the interstate. You can’t do much about situations like that, but there’s a lot you can do to safeguard your home and protect your loved ones indoors. You can make sure that you’re prepared for cold weather in Ballwin, Missouri with a few HVAC tips.
You can’t assume that your heater will work when you’re ready to use it. To make sure that your heating system gets you through winter without any problems, it’s a good idea to check certain conditions before the start of the heating season.
Many variables impact the performance of your heating system. Hiring an experienced HVAC contractor will ensure the problem is correctly identified and addressed. Common factors that reduce heating efficiency include:
- Repair Needs – Regular use can result in parts becoming loose or worn. Often a simple repair can restore functionality.
- System Age – If your heater is old, its normal that you would start experiencing problems and noticing reduced heating efficiency. There is no point in continuing to use a system that can’t keep you warm and only increases your energy bill. We can help you to select an energy-efficient upgrade.
- Sizing Errors – Your heater must be the correct size to ensure heating efficiency throughout your home or business. A system that wasn’t sized correctly could be too large or small based on your needs. If your furnace is the wrong size, your heating bills will increase or you’ll have difficulty managing temperature and humidity.
- Air Leaks – Leaks often develop around doors and windows. You can identify leaks if you notice a draft coming from these areas or you can clearly see cracks or gaps. These leaks make it harder for your furnace to heat your home. Caulk and weatherstripping can easily take care of this problems.
- Thermostat Location – If your thermostat is installed in an area where it can be affected by sunlight, other heat sources, drafts or dust, it will give an incorrect reading. A knowledgeable technician will pay attention to thermostat location. If there is a problem with your thermostat, such as low batteries or it somehow suffered damage, it will also affect the heater’s performance.
- Insulation – It’s a good idea to have a professional check your insulation. Over time, insulation can wear away. It’s also possible too that you might need a different type of insulation. Our service technicians can evaluate your insulation needs and make the right recommendations.
- Filter Changes – You must clean or replace dirty filters. A dirty filter will affect your indoor air quality and even affect the performance of your HVAC system. As dirt, dust and other debris accumulate, parts of the furnace can become coated with contaminants and prevent it from working efficiently.
- Furnace Maintenance – Furnace maintenance is the perhaps the most effective investment you can make in your HVAC system. Scheduling furnace maintenance will ensure that all other areas are covered.
If you use a heat pump, our technicians will make sure there is no damage to the outdoor unit. Your HVAC system is too valuable for you not to place a priority on care and maintenance.
Check out the Averill Maintenance Plan
The AMP allows you to take advantage of annual inspection of all parts of your heating system. Our technicians will be able to tell what, if anything, is affecting your heater. We offer different plans according to your needs and budget.
Call Averill Heating & Air Conditioning today at 314-328-0437 so our NATE certified technicians can make sure your system will work as it should this winter. We aim for 100% customer satisfaction because we take pride in our work and want the best for all our clients.
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