With the coming of the new year, Las Vegas area homeowners look forward to seasonal changes that affect their home’s HVAC system. We’ve created this handy HVAC Maintenance Checklist so you can easily determine how to prepare your home for the upcoming year.
Maintenance Checklist for 2017
Here are 10 things you should complete in the new year to keep your home maintained and your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently until 2018:
- Have a maintenance check performed on your HVAC system. This should be done twice a year, both in Spring and Fall, and at the very least performed annually. If you haven’t scheduled an annual professional service call for HVAC maintenance, be sure to do so today!
- Winterize your home. Check for any drafty spots on and around exterior walls that could allow cold air to sneak into your home. Weather strip doors and windows and seal areas that could have air leaks: around external electrical outlets, attic entryways, and floorboards.
- Irrigation backflow devices need insulation, too. Do so by covering the device with a towel and placing a large bucket over the covered device so that it is completely shielded.
- Check all vents in your home and make sure that none are being blocked or obstructed.
- The temperatures don’t often dip below freezing in the Las Vegas area, but it’s certainly possible. It’s even more likely if you live in an area of higher elevation. Be sure to protect your pipes by disconnecting and draining hoses when the temperatures drop and when not in use.
- Keep drafts from entering underneath doorways by placing door draft blockers at the bottoms of every external door on your home.
- If you plan to leave your home for an extended time, instead of turning your HVAC system completely off, set the temperature to around 50 degrees. This will ensure that your pipes don’t freeze in case very cold temperatures occur, and it will also keep houseplants from dying.
- Clean around your HVAC systems thoroughly. Be sure to remove any dust and debris on and around the unit. Also, check the space around your HVAC units to ensure that there is plenty of clearance, and that no objects are leaning on or are placed on top of your system.
- To prevent damage to soft pipes when frozen water expands, be sure to close off the valve to your irrigation system. Hardware and home improvement stores also carry insulated wraps for pipes and faucet socks that can help protect any exposed spigots or pipes.
- And last, but certainly not least: replace your furnace’s air filter. This is a simple fix that can quickly add a bit of life back into your HVAC unit. A system that is struggling to work against a dirty air filter will work harder, and because of this, your system will have to run longer and less efficiently than it would with a clean filter. Check your filter regularly for buildup and replace it as soon as it gets dirty.
Need help getting your HVAC system ready for the new year? Contact the experts at Cal Air Cooling and Heating. Whether you need a new HVAC system or just want your annual tune-up, we are ready to help make sure your home comfort needs are met.