5 Tips to Prep Your HVAC Unit for Winter

In order to keep your HVAC’s heat pump working properly, here are a few tips from us to maximize efficiency, safety, and comfort:

1. Replace the Air Filter
Replacing the air filter all year long is a good habit to improve the health of your HVAC unit. An air filter serves two purposes: keeping particulates and dust out of your HVAC unit as well as filtering the air in your home. Replacing your air filter regularly can drastically prolong the life of your HVAC unit, and using an allergen filter can also improve your indoor air quality. Stellar Services recommends you replace your air filter every month for optimum filtering.

2. Clean the Air Ducts
Even with the best filters, the air ducts in your home can collect dust, allergens, mold, and other contaminants throughout the year. When you turn on the heat, these contaminants may react with the heat and their effects can become more severe. Fall is the perfect time to schedule a duct cleaning service to ensure your ducts are ready for the heat.

3. Examine the Belt
Inside your HVAC unit, there is a belt that powers the blower, moving the air through the outdoor compressor. You can check this belt for issues such as cracks or damage. If you see any of these signs, it will need to be replaced. These belts wear down over time, especially in states like Florida, with its high temperatures and prolonged AC use.

4. Inspect the Vents
It’s easy to forget that the vents in your home are an important piece of your HVAC system. Make sure that the vents in your home aren’t blocked by furniture or other items that could obstruct the airflow. Poor airflow to your HVAC unit can cause it to work harder to pump the air, putting unnecessary stress on your unit.

5. Schedule Maintenance
As the winter season approaches, the wisest choice you can make to protect your HVAC unit is to schedule maintenance with a qualified HVAC technician. A technician can inspect all aspects of your unit and knows where to find potential issues that may lead to problems or danger down the line.