Varsity’s Tips For Keeping Your HVAC System in Tip-Top Shape this Winter

HVAC Tips for the WinterSo, you are a proactive homeowner pondering the best way to keep your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently this winter. My friend, that means you are one step ahead of the game!

“We at Varsity Home Services are always here to help in a flash, but it is always ideal to avoid any loss of heat in this frigid winter weather,” says Bob Bellini, President of Varsity Home Services.

Here are a few tips to help keep you and your family toasty as the temperature drops.

It all starts with…Preventative Maintenance – Take care of minor issues before they become major problems. At Varsity, we view our service agreements as the best investment you can make for your home. We offer agreements for all types of heating equipment, central air conditioning units and plumbing systems.

Hear Something, Say Something – Chances are if you hear a clinking, clanking or grinding noise, then something may be awry. Have you ever tried to recreate an odd sound your car is making to your auto mechanic? Well, feel free to give us your best impression of any strange HVAC noises that may be coming from your system! Not only can we share a hearty laugh together – but we may be on the way to an initial diagnosis!

Keep it Clean and Clear – Give your HVAC unit some room to operate. Clear any yard debris early in the season and then keep an eye out for snow and ice as the frosty conditions mount.

Air Filter and Vents – Clean and clear also pertains to your filters and ducts. Be sure to regularly vacuum and dust air entry points so nothing harmful is re-circulated through the system. Have extra filters on hand to keep to the regular schedule of replacement.

Regulate the Temp – The use of programmable thermostats will help your system maintain a healthy balance and prevent problems when you’re not around. Avoid freezing pipes by setting a minimum temperature to steady the flow when you’re not at home.

Lighten the Load – Don’t strain your system or your wallet! Check your insulation and seal any leakages where cold air may be entering your home. Hot air and money can be escaping from those doors and windows if they are not sealed tight. Whether its oil, gas or electric, who really wants a higher heating bill?

New Energy Efficient Systems – We’d be happy to evaluate your current system and help you explore an upgrade to an Energy Star certified model. Today’s technology enables much greater efficiency, so an upgrade can pay for itself!