A lot of preparation happens in the weeks leading up to the holidays. From decorating to shopping to baking to planning family trips, there are a lot of things on your list. But if you’re checking that list twice, and you’re realizing there’s nothing on there about prepping your heating system for the holidays, it’s time to add it. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your HVAC system for the holidays, and why it matters.
Why You Need Holiday HVAC Prep
The reasons for tuning up your heating system before the holidays are quite simple. First, the weather gets a lot cooler right before the holidays hit. Even in sunny Georgia, the temperatures can drop much lower than you’re used to in the days leading up to Christmas. It’s important to ensure that your heating system is operating at maximum efficiency.
Additionally, a lot of people have friends and family members who visit for the holidays. This often means working your HVAC system more frequently to ensure that everyone is comfortable. With this added strain, it’s even more important to ensure your HVAC system is functioning properly; the last thing you want is for it to break down right before Christmas.
How to Prep Your HVAC System
The first step in prepping your HVAC system is calling an expert. Unless you work with HVAC systems yourself, you’re not proficient at tuning up these systems, and you should rely on a professional to do the job for you. They will get everything operating at maximum efficiency, and repair or replace any worn or damaged parts. Here are a few things they might do during a tune-up:
- Clean and lubricate the heat pump.
- Replace dirty filters.
- Replace worn-out belts, seals, and bolts.
- Tighten any loose bolts or screws to reduce vibration and noise.
- Check the ignition system.
- Check gas or oil connections.
All of these steps will help ensure that the heater is ready to be used when the winter chill sets in as well as ensure that it is running as efficiently as possible so that you don’t have unnecessarily high utility bills.
Other Things You Can Do
Of course, there are things you can do to get your HVAC system holiday-ready too. Here are a few tasks you can complete on your own:
- Make sure filters and vents are clean.
- Keep flammable materials away from heating equipment.
- Check your smoke and CO detectors to ensure they’re operating properly.
- Program your heater for maximum efficiency.
With these simple steps, you can ensure your heating system is ready for use as soon as you need it. If your heater is still in need of a little holiday prepping, contact Gainesville Mechanical for tune-ups, repairs, and installation of HVAC in Gainesville.Call now to schedule a visit from an expert technician to ensure we can fit you in before the holidays!