As you are feeling the cold temperatures of winter outside, you likely are ready to turn your heating unit to a permanent “on” position. There are a few things that you need to do to make sure that your unit is in tip-top shape, and that your AC is ready to go when warmer weather returns. In fact, the Department of Energy estimates that proper HVAC maintenance can really impact your fuel or electricity expenses by 15-25%.

Make sure air filters are clean and replaced regularly

You should change your air filters at least every 90 days and you may consider replacing every 30-45 days if you have children, pets or allergies. You’ll dramatically lower your energy bill simply by keeping filters free from dust, dirt, and other obstructions.

Maintain your outside unit

Fallen leaves, twigs and dirt can clog your system lessening its efficiency and causing mulching effects on the unit. Clear all debris and be sure to keep an eye out for any large chunks of ice or snow that can damage your HVAC system.

Schedule HVAC maintenance twice a year

This ensures your furnace or heat pump and air ducts are in good shape and heating your home efficiently. It will also save you money by identifying problems before you develop a costly breakdown. It is especially critical to have your gas furnace checked annually to look for wear on the heat exchanger and flue. A blocked flue or cracked heat exchanger means carbon monoxide may be leaking into your home and can result in sickness and even death.

Winterizing your HVAC system increases the lifespan, protects you from dangerous hazards and improves overall efficiency to save you money and keep you comfortable and safe all winter.