With many event dates just around the corner, you might be making big plans in preparation for a party. Besides inviting guests, cleaning your home and deciding on a menu for a big game day, you should also consider how you can keep your guests warm and cozy in the midst of the cold weather. Gainesville Mechanical knows the best ways to keep your heating system happy. Check out the 5 tips listed below and make your home this year’s place to host parties one of the best!
#1 Schedule Preventative Maintenance
The number one way you can get your furnace, boiler or other heating equipment in prime shape is to schedule maintenance on your unit. Regular maintenance on both your heating and cooling equipment boosts your system’s efficiency and lengthens its lifespan.
Gainesville Mechanical has NATE-certified technicians who perform quality maintenance on your system. We have preventative maintenance plans you can invest in so you don’t have to remember to schedule service. We will inspect your system, clean the components and repair any damaged parts during the maintenance call.
#2 Replace Furnace Filter
If you have already had routine maintenance performed on your heating system but it was right before winter started, the HVAC filter may need cleaned or changed again. Furnace filters will become dirty and clogged when the system is constantly running to provide you with warm temperatures during the coldest part of the season.
Check your HVAC filter ahead of time and save yourself trouble in the long run. A dirty furnace filter will prevent dust and other debris from filtering out of your home, causing it to accumulate inside your system and on its components, as well as in your living areas. Dust inside your unit will cause malfunctions and mechanical failures unexpectedly. Replacing the filter on a regular basis will prevent breakdowns in the future.
#3 Check Temperature Settings
Before kick-off, check the temperature settings on your thermostat. If you have an older analog thermostat, consider installing a programmable thermostat to increase your heating system’s efficiency. Programmable thermostats allow you to have more control over your temperature settings when you are home, away, asleep or on vacation.
With programmed settings, your thermostat can communicate on a regular schedule with your HVAC system, delivering ideal temperatures throughout your home. During the party, you can lower the temperature a bit because more bodies in a space generate more heat. Then when the party is over the programmable thermostat will resume its normal schedule without you having to lift a finger!
#4 Inspect Vents and Seal Ductwork
Cold weather can produce drafts throughout your home if you have leaky air ducts. You should double check your vents to ensure they aren’t blocked by furniture or heavy window treatments, which could compromise the airflow in your ducts. Before scheduling your party, contact the professionals at Gainesville Mechanical and have your ductwork inspected. You may have damaged sections in your ducts, such as kinks or bends, causing separation in the connections and holes.
We will inspect your entire system, including the ductwork, vents, returns and registers, for any damaged components and leaks. If leaks are found, we will seal them to prevent cold spots in your home. Not only do air leaks compromise the comfort of your home for you and your guests but it also reduces your system’s efficiency and increases your heating bill.
#5 Double Check the Carbon Monoxide Detector
The last step in prepping for your party is to check your carbon monoxide detector. Make sure the batteries aren’t dead and that the detector is functioning properly before your guests arrive. Furnaces should be healthy and your CO detector is your first line of defense when it comes to your safety and the safety of others in your home. If your detector is working and carbon monoxide is detected, contact Gainesville Mechanical immediately to have your furnace inspected.
Take advantage of these 5 steps to make sure your heating system is primed for your party! Schedule service or maintenance with Gainesville Mechanical. Our NATE-certified technicians can handle it all, from HVAC filter replacement to duct sealing to preventative maintenance.