Although the winters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, are mild, temperatures can dip around the holiday season. While this may provide a nice break from the heat, it’s also the time when you need your furnace the most. If it’s not in tip-top shape, you could be toying with disaster. Fortunately, you can prevent this from happening. Maintaining your system, looking for warning signs and checking essential components can help you avoid emergency HVAC repairs this holiday season.
Schedule a Tuneup
Scheduling a furnace tuneup is one of the single most important things you can do to ensure your HVAC system works properly this winter. During our tuneups, we’ll inspect every aspect of your furnace and air ducts to ascertain their mechanical integrity.
Once we complete the tuneup, your furnace will hum along like a finely tuned engine. Not only does this provide home comfort but it also lengthens your furnace’s lifespan.
Upgrade Your Equipment
If your furnace or heat pump is more than 10 years old, it has probably overstayed its welcome, even if you’ve maintained it regularly. After this much usage, older systems start to wane in the areas of efficiency and performance. That’s when it’s time to consider upgrading to an Energy Star-certified furnace or heat pump.
These modern systems have enhanced technology, allowing them to produce top-notch results at a fraction of the cost and energy usage. The earlier you upgrade your equipment, the sooner you can start saving on those holiday energy bills. With our expertise, we can install a new unit in no time.
Prep Your Air Conditioner
Your air conditioner is like an overworked employee. It doesn’t get much of a break in Florida, and when it does, it never lasts that long. Because of the stress put on the system, don’t forget to give it some attention, even in the winter.
An easy way to prevent damage and keep it running soundly come spring is to hose out the exterior portion, known as the compressor, and cover the top with a piece of plywood or with a fitted vinyl cover. This prevents any leaves, sticks or moisture from getting into the compressor, which can cause rust and other problems. It’s just one thing you can check off your list for the holiday season.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Look at the thermostat in your home. If you have to adjust it by moving a needle, that’s a surefire sign that it’s time for an upgrade. These old manual thermostats aren’t nearly as accurate as modern models. You leave comfort and money on the table every time you turn the temperature up or down. If this describes your current scenario, you could reap the benefits of installing a smart thermostat.
A smart thermostat is a modern incarnation of the classic device. It syncs with your HVAC system to provide accurate temperatures and helps you control humidity, ventilation and more. Many of these devices allow for programmable schedules. In just a few weeks, some can even ‘learn’ your behavior, adjusting themselves as necessary.
In addition, a smart thermostat shows you energy usage reports and ways to reduce your consumption. The earlier you install it, the more money you’ll save for the gifts that your family members want, avoiding a whole different type of catastrophe.
Don’t Ignore Warning Signs
Don’t ignore warning signs when they arise. It can cost you more than just your holiday cheer. Constant furnace cycling, drafty areas in the home and cold air blowing when the furnace should be on are all signs that you need to give us a ring before the holiday season strikes.
Don’t let your holiday season fall victim to poor indoor comfort. With a quick call to Mechanical Air, you can upgrade or repair your heating system in no time. Contact us today at 561-899-4587.
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