Winter blast. Jack Frost and Mother Nature have exploded onto the winter scene here in Indiana. Frigid temperatures and snow have slowed things down. The drop in temperature means your heating system is working harder to keep your home warm and comfortable. There are some simple things you can do to help keep your furnace maintained and running efficiently.
Maintenance– We could explain to you (and probably have explained to you) the importance of maintaining your HVAC system, but it is up to you to make sure it gets done. If you think it isn’t important, I’d ask you how important it is to change the oil in your car or to clean the lint filter in your dryer? Pretty important. If you don’t change the oil in your car, it will first run less efficiently, but it will eventually break down and cause major damage to your vehicle. If you don’t clean the lint filter in your dryer, at first it may just take longer for your clothes to dry, but that lint continues to build up. The extra use on your dryer trying to get your clothes dry wears the machine down. It makes it work harder to get the job done. The build-up of the lint can cause a fire. None of these scenarios are good.
Simply said, get your HVAC tuned up twice a year- once for the cold months and once for the warm months.
Filter– When it comes to filters for your HVAC system, you want to make sure you have to correct size for your unit. And despite “what she said” bigger isn’t always better. Some of the more expensive filters claim better filtration, but they may actually be too restraining for your unit. You need air to be able to pass through the filters, to flow. Some of the filters with more filtration may not be right for your particular unit. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations.
And for Pete’s sake, change the thing. If you have a dirty filter, your unit is working harder to get air to pass through the filter. It will run more often and have a hard time keeping up with the temperature you have set for your home. Plus, who wants to breathe dirty air?
In the Know We don’t expect you to be an expert at HVAC, that is what you have Godby for, but we believe in an informed consumer. Know the basics- is it gas, electric or dual-fuel? What brand is it? What is the approximate age of your unit? Some of this basic information helps us help you!
Now go out there and go sledding, refill your birdfeeder or snuggle under a blanket and enjoy this Indiana winter! Should you need maintenance, replacement, or any help with your heating/cooling, plumbing, or electrical needs, give Godby a call because “It’s Gotta be Godby!”