Ivey Air’s Winter Checklist for the Coming Winter/Fall Months

Have you been wondering what’s going to get your HVAC system through this winter? If you’ve ever had to brave out a winter with a bad or broken heater, you will never want to go through that again. Are you worried that your HVAC system might not be prepared? Maybe you just want to make sure. This is our winter and fall checklist so that you can make sure you’re completely prepared for the colder months.

Have your furnace checked – When it comes to furnaces, you can never be too careful – an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of remedy, as the saying goes. If you hear any noises, or have any strange smells from burning to gas coming from your furnace, have a pro come out and check it immediately. Broken and/or malfunctioning furnaces can be a huge danger to the property they’re installed in.

Check your humidifier thoroughly. The humidifier will be more and more important throughout the winter as dry, hot air is introduced into your home. Your humidifier will be keeping that air moist and breathable while it is being warmed. There are many things to check these systems for: Is there any standing water in, on or near the system? Is there any mold growing on or in it, and are there any visible mineral deposits on the system? If there are any nearby ducts that may be prone to sucking up a lot of the humidity, check those areas for mold and mineral growth too. If you experience any of these troubles, contact an HVAC specialist because they may be indicative of greater problems within the humidifier.

Check your gas and oil connections. You can consult a professional if you need help identifying where these are, but once you find out, you can always check them again. You want to check for a few things: corrosion, leaking, discoloration and smell. If you suspect any problems at all, contact a professional—don’t mess around with any problems related to your oil and gas lines.

Test and check humidity sensors and thermostats, and other detectors. It’s smart to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors by the outputs of your HVAC systems, so if something goes wrong, you’ll know it immediately. Thermostats and humidity sensors need to be calibrated at least every year or two to ensure they actually work- if a sensor is off by even a few points of accuracy, it can create a lot of strain on HVAC systems over time. A small leak over years wastes hundreds of gallons of water—your thermostat works in much the same way. You can check calibration of thermostats by getting a stand-alone device that you know is accurate, and compare it to your thermostat’s results. If you need it calibrated, have us come and check it out immediately.

Carefully examine insulation, ventilation, air leaks and air ducts throughout your property. Cracks and breaks in your insulation will cause your heating and cooling to bleed out, and give debris, dust, pollen and even little critters a chance to get inside your property. We are experts at air balancing and pinpointing the specific areas where heating and cooling is escaping your property or not reaching certain parts of your property, and then providing necessary solutions. Call us today, throughout Bucks County, at 215.695.4170 and let us bring solutions to your front door.

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