It’s that time of year again: the weather is getting colder and you need to figure out how to “winterize” your heating system in order to protect it against potential damage. As we all know, Florida winter weather can be a bit confusing. After months of avoiding jackets and complaining about our AC units (which we use both in winter and summer), we suddenly have to start using our heating systems.
When temperatures drop to around 68 degrees, it’s a good time to turn on your heating system to keep you warm and comfortable throughout the winter months.
How Should You Prepare Your Heating System For The Winter?
First of all, make sure that your heating system is in good condition. When was the last time you had it checked? If it’s been a while, now would be a good time to schedule an appointment with Gator Air Conditioning. Our technicians will be able to perform cyclical maintenance on your system, checking for any damage or broken elements that may impair its efficiency and safety.
We’ll also check and change your air filter. By getting your air filter regularly changed, homeowners can ensure their heating systems perform optimally throughout the winter months. This will remove dust particles that could affect airflow, which could lead to potential problems with performance or efficiency if left unchecked. Order your air filter online today!
If everything checks out after the inspection, your heating system should be ready to protect you against the winter months.
What Can You Do at Home to Make The Most of Your Heating System?
Make sure you don’t block the vents. Don’t put anything in front of the registers; be mindful of furniture placement to make sure that nothing will obstruct these important openings.
Secondly, keep in mind that certain parts of your home are colder than others (e.g., bathrooms). Therefore, you might need to turn up the temperature on your thermostat in order to get your heating system up to speed.
And lastly, it’s always a good idea to turn on your system before you actually need it! Since heat rises, the top levels of your home will be the first to warm up if you have a two-story. For that reason, you should let your system do its job by turning it on several hours before you expect the change in temperatures.
Keep in mind, the heating system is a programmable heat source, which allows you to preheat your home when it’s in use. Just remember to manually or schedule your system to turn off when you leave home during the day. If you follow these simple steps, your system will be perfectly prepared to face Florida’s chilly winter weather.
Consult an HVAC professional for other ways to get more out of your heating system, and if you’re looking to heat your home properly this winter, contact Gator Air Conditioning at (941) 749-6000 today!