Quite often, San Diego homeowners encounter the winter worst nightmare, which is to turn on their furnace the first cold night of the year only to find out it isn’t working. Don’t let it be you this year! But if it happens that is When to Call Atlas HVAC Inc. About Your Heating Problem

Be sure to prepare your heating system for cold weather in order to have the heat you need when you need it. Don’t let the cold get the best of you and follow these easy tips each year for a smooth transition from summer to winter. Stay cozy and safe while saving on your utility bills with the following easy to follow tasks.

Preparing for the chilly months ahead 

  1. Replace old air filters

    • Replacing old filters will maximize your heating system efficiency. A dirty filter will not allow your heater to work correctly. In fact, the heater will work harder to keep you warm, resulting in higher utility bills.
    • When you adopt the habit of changing filters regularly, you avoid debris build-up, and this will keep your heating system running smoothly and efficiently. Atlas HVAC Inc. recommends changing your filter every two to three months to ensure HVAC system performance.
    • If you don’t feel comfortable changing the filters yourself, call us at (877) 452-8527
  1. Lower the thermostat setting

    • This may sound like something you are not willing to do, especially when the weather is at its coldest. Still, average American saves about two percent per month on their winter utility bills for every degree the thermostat is lowered. You do not have to reduce it by much, but it certainly adds up. If you like to keep your home at 75 degrees, set your thermostat to 70 and grab an extra blanket to make up for the warmth.
      Cuddle up and bundle up those savings! It’s a win-win.
    • Investing in a smart thermostat is also a great idea. Although investing in a programmable thermostat may seem like a more significant investment upfront, they pay for themselves in the first winter season.
    • Call Atlas HVAC Inc. if your thermostat is malfunctioning, because it can lead to issues with your fan and home comfort levels.
  2. Make sure to cover up any leaks.

    • During the winter, the cold air belongs outdoors, not in your home. It is essential as weather transitions from warm to cold to search your home for leaks and cover them before the cold sets in and makes its way into your home. If your home is not properly insulated, when your heating system is running, the warm air will leave your home through cracks and leaks around your house, making your heating system work so much harder and longer. This will result in higher energy bills, not to mention unnecessary energy waste.
    • You can use things like weather-stripping and caulking to seal any cracks and leaks. You should also inspect the roof and chimney to see if they need to be serviced; these are the main places where hot are escapes.
    • If you are sure your home does not have any leaks, but it is still not heated properly, you should contact a heating repair technician.
  3. Maintain heating vents unblocked 

    • Look around your home and identify if you have accidentally placed large furniture items, like couches or TV stands in front of a heating vent. Keeping your heating vents unobstructed will prevent your heating system from working harder than it needs to. Not to mention that blocked vents can overheat the system putting you and your home in danger. Uncover those vents and allow the warm air flow evenly throughout your home.
    • If you have checked all the vents, but your home is still not being heated uniformly, you could have issues with your ducts or the heating system’s fan motor, bearings, or belts.

Atlas HVAC, INC. Recommends all homeowners to have your HVAC system professionally inspected at least once a year, especially before the winter season begins to make sure that everything is running smoothly and comfortably for the winter.

Atlas HVAC INC offers several services to keep you and your family warm this winter and many more in the future. Do not hesitate to contact Atlas HVAC for all your seasonal services. Call us at (877) 452-8527 to make sure you breathe the healthiest indoor air.