It’s hard to imagine that winter is just around the corner here in Southwest Wyoming. Whether this is your first Wyoming winter or your 40th, you should know just how bitter the cold can get around these parts. Your HVAC system is going to be working hard to keep you warm, so it is important that you give it the care it needs to succeed.
With that in mind, we’ve put together this resource to help you prepare your HVAC system for winter so that it can keep you warm all season long. Instead of searching for an HVAC company near you, count on the Evanston heating and air professionals at Champion Services!
#1: Schedule a Preventative Maintenance Appointment
If you’ve been neglecting your HVAC maintenance, this needs to be your first step. Call up your local HVAC experts and schedule an inspection. During your appointment, an HVAC professional will check your system for any issues that might cause trouble in the future. They’ll also be able to make sure everything is clean and in working order, while providing you with some insight as to how your system might be affecting your energy bills and overall feelings of comfort in your home. This will provide a blueprint for future upkeep to ensure your system works well for years to come and can help avoid costly heating repairs.
#2: Replace Your Air Filters
No matter if you choose to have an HVAC professional do this when they perform their inspection or you do it yourself, it’s important that you don’t ignore your air filter. Depending on the manufacturer recommendations, air filters should be replaced or cleaned every three to six months. Not only can a dirty air filter make your indoor air quality worse, when a filter is clogged up, it will put undue strain on your HVAC system, which can reduce its overall lifespan. To get the best possible air quality, choose a HEPA air filter to catch small particles and allergens that can make breathing harder.
#3: Consider Replacement
This might be where you screech to a halt while you’re reading. We know cooling and heating system replacement is a costly proposition. However, the expected lifespan of an HVAC system is about ten years, after which they will begin to struggle to perform. So if your HVAC system is on the precipice of entering middle school, think about replacing it with a newer unit. Luckily, with advancements in HVAC technology and a dedication to improving efficiency and sustainability, an upgraded unit can actually save you money in the long run. Ask Champion Services about our payment plan options, which can make it a less overwhelming process for you and your family.
#3: Ensure Your Home is Properly Insulated
Insulation isn’t just the cotton candy stuff you see lining the insides of your walls. It is your main line of defense against the elements outside, at least temperature-wise. This makes it vital for you to make sure your attic is properly insulated in the time leading up to winter. Insulation will ensure cold air stays out and hot air stays in during the winter and vice versa in the summer, so it is a year-round benefit. You can schedule an energy audit to get a better idea of where your home might be lacking insulation.
#4: Install a Programmable Thermostat
The world’s fanciest and most cutting-edge HVAC system will only be as good as the thermostat that is controlling it. If you’ve ever tried to control an older thermostat, you know exactly how inaccurate and finicky it can be. By upgrading to a programmable thermostat, you give your HVAC system a much needed boost to its efficiency, as you’ll be able to precisely select your temperature, set a schedule for when you’ll be home (and need the heat) or away (and don’t need to heat an empty house), and control it remotely through an app on your phone. That means you don’t have to worry about turning your heat off when you leave on your big winter vacation — a couple of taps on your phone and you’re good to go.
Professional HVAC Help
With how cold it gets in Southwest Wyoming during the winter, you need to make sure your HVAC system is ready to handle it. Luckily, you don’t have to go it alone. Call Champion Services in Evanston to schedule your appointment and let us handle it for you! Now that your HVAC system is ready for winter, be sure to read our blog post about How to Keep Your Home Warm throughout the cold winter months!