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How to Prep Your HVAC System for a Winter Storm

HVAC System during a Winter Storm

We’re headed toward winter here in the northwest, which means there’s always the potential for a winter storm. What’s the best way to prepare yourself and your family for this potential threat? The HVAC professionals at Heat Relief are always here, ready to help, and we have some great tips to get you through the season!

First, the most effective way to ensure that your heating system is functioning properly is to have routine maintenance before the chill of winter arrives. An inspection can help prevent the need for future repairs and ensure that everything is working correctly so that your home can remain cozy all season. A professional tune-up by a Heat Relief technician can also extend the life of your appliance.

Insulation and maintenance

The next step is to check the home’s insulation and make sure the vents are clean. Proper insulation lowers energy bills throughout both summer and winter and creates a more temperature-controlled environment. If you find that there are drafty places in your home, consider adding insulation or sealing windows. Poor attic insulation is a huge source of heat loss during the winter months.

Changing air filters regularly is another great way to both save money and create a more efficient environment for your HVAC. Air filters coated with buildup or residue make it more difficult for your HVAC system to keep your home at a consistent temperature and lower your indoor air quality. Keeping vents clean can also ensure the temperature stays steady when outside temps nosedive. Move any couches or other furniture that could be blocking the flow of air from vents. Both of these fixes will improve the life and performance of your HVAC system, especially during a winter storm.

Have a backup

One last thing you may want to consider is purchasing a generator. If you are concerned with power outages, this investment could mean the difference between a frigid home or a warm and cozy one. Keeping a warm home during the winter months is vital for the comfort of you and your family. The professionals at Heat Relief Heating & Cooling in Portland are here to help in any way we can, whether that means routine maintenance or emergency heating repairs.

Call Heat Relief at (503) 877-1713 to schedule a furnace check-up before the frigid air of winter hits Portland!

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