Remember last year? Remember how much your energy bills were during the colder months? Want to avoid high energy costs as much as possible this year? Seasonal HVAC inspection services likely would be beneficial. If you are in Northern Colorado and want to make sure your home is operating at optimal energy efficiency, reach out to SWAN Heating & Air Conditioning now.
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How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter
Fall has truly arrived here in Loveland, and that means another dry, frigid winter is not far behind. While heating your home will raise your energy bills one way or another, with due diligence you can reduce those costs and improve your HVAC system’s performance. Here are five things you can do to do just that:
#1: Conduct Essential Cleanups
It may surprise you, but cleaning up your gutters, roof, and the rest of the exterior of your home can actually have a significant impact on your HVAC system’s energy efficiency. How so? Well, consider this: when it rains or snows in the winter, where does that water go? Much of it, in fact, conglomerates in your gutters and downspouts. And if those are clogged by dead leaves or other debris, ice dam formation occurs, leading to greater heat loss through your roof and walls as the ice presses up against your dwelling, radiating extra chill.
#2: HVAC Repairs
The last thing you want to happen is you having your furnace or another HVAC component fail you and lead to you stuck in the middle of winter with a cold house. If you’re going to need repairs, it’s best to do it before it costs you more and leads to everyone at home needing to huddle up around the oven in winter jackets. If you are in Northern Colorado and are hearing, seeing, or smelling something unusual with your furnace or from your HVAC system, call SWAN today to schedule a free inspection. You may need furnace repairs.
#3: Consider a Smart Thermostat
If you don’t already have one, a smart thermostat is actually a really helpful energy saving tool for the winter season. It allows you to program what temperature you want your house to be at what time of the day or night, so you can control your energy consumption throughout your whole home, even when you are away. No sense heating an empty house! Switching to a smart thermostat can help shave off as much as 10% from your heating bill.
#4: Clean Your Air Ducts
When it comes to the nitty-gritty aspects of cleaning your air ducts, it’s not a do-it-yourself job. It requires special tools, such as high powered vacuums and rotary brushes, which you almost certainly don’t have access to. Even if you did have them laying around, we still would recommend you not go hog-wild here and try DIY, as doing an improper cleaning of your ducts could cause damages and cause the need for expensive repairs However, what you can do is grab your trusty old vacuum cleaner and use it atop and around all your vents, as well as in the visible interior of the ducts. Don’t forget about vacuuming the cold-air returns as well!
For a complete duct cleaning, you’re going to want to hire professionals. SWAN Heating & Air offers free inspections of your HVAC system, and can take care of whatever issues occur. Unlike other heating and cooling companies, our business offers club memberships for our clients, which is an exclusive membership guaranteeing appointments, valuable service, and significant discounts. This membership guarantees that at all times, repairs will be fixed the right way, or they will be free. Our club membership offer is one of the many ways that we prioritize our clients and ensure top-quality service.
#5: Schedule Regular Inspections & Maintenance
No one wants to get stuck in a cold home with a broken furnace. Make sure you follow the instructions on your equipment as well as industry standards, to ensure that you aren’t left out in the cold but inside! Our inspections are free, and our maintenance is affordable, with no hidden fees or gimmicks. It’s usually a worthwhile idea to have your HVAC system inspected and tuned-up long before winter hits. The clock is ticking…
Get a Pre-Winter Inspection Today
The best offense is a good defense — a saying that holds true for taking care of your HVAC system. Don’t wait till things start to obviously break down or clog up to schedule an inspection. Winter is coming now — what would you rather deal with: 1) a subpar HVAC system that costs more each month and at risk of breaking down when used or 2) minor service costs for HVAC maintenance followed by better energy efficiency, reliability, and performance of your whole system? If you chose the latter, we also would like to encourage you to choose SWAN. SWAN Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is Northern Colorado’s most trusted, proven HVAC company in the industry. Our family owned and operated business services all major brands and offers a whole host of different equipment rebates and warranties. Contact us today to schedule your pre-winter inspection and/or cleaning!