Ensuring the safe and efficient operation of your HVAC system during the winter is important for both comfort and safety. In addition, it helps keep your unit functioning well and lasting long. Check out these 7 winter HVAC safety tips to ensure you get safely and comfortably through the cold season.
1. Regular Maintenance
Your first priority when it comes to safety, as well as maximizing performance and efficiency is scheduling regular maintenance checks with a qualified HVAC professional. We recommend you do this before the winter season starts. This ensures that your system is working efficiently and reduces the risk of breakdowns during cold weather.
2. Check and Replace Filters
Next, make sure to clean or replace air filters regularly. Clogged filters can reduce airflow, making the system work harder and less efficiently. This can also lead to poor indoor air quality. Follow the guidelines for your specific filter type as to how often to replace it.
3. Inspect and Clean Vents and Ducts
Blocked or clogged vents can be a safety hazard, resulting in poor airflow, irregular start and stops of furnace, high limit issues and an overworked furnace. Ensure that vents and ducts are free of obstructions. Clean any dust or debris that may have accumulated to maintain proper airflow and distribution of heat.
4. Install & Test Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases in the winter. If you have a gas furnace, make sure that you have installed carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping areas as well as in the mechanical area of the home. Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas that can be produced by heating systems, and exposure can be dangerous – even deadly.
5. Know the Emergency Shut-Off
Next, make sure you know the location of the emergency shut-off switch for your heating system. In case of a malfunction or emergency, you want to be able to quickly turn off the system, and then get to safety. It should be marked and easily accesssible.
6. Listen for Unusual Noises or Odours
Strange or unusual noises or odours coming from your HVAC system can indicate either a small or serious problem. If you notice strange smells or unusual noises coming from your HVAC system, turn it off and contact a professional for inspection and repairs.
7. Keep Furnace Area Clear
Whether you heat your home with a furnace, boiler or heat pump, always keep the area around the interior and exterior units clear. Give your system the space it needs to function properly. Every so often, especially after a snow or ice storm, check the outdoor unit (heat pump) and ensure all exhaust vents are free and clear of any debris, snow or ice.
Contact HAMCO for More Information & to Book Annual Maintenance
By following these winter HVAC safety tips, you can ensure that your heating system operates efficiently and safely during the colder months. Regular maintenance and attention to potential issues will contribute to a comfortable and secure indoor environment. By scheduling annual maintenance or a pre-winter tune-up, you can feel at ease knowing a certified technician has inspected and tuned up your system.
HAMCO Heating & Cooling Ltd. has been serving the heating and air conditioning needs of Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Grimsby and Brantford areas since 1946. We have a wide range of air conditioners to fit your specific needs and budget and the expertise to install and service a wide range of energy efficient heat pump systems.