Before you know it, it will be time to turn on the heat for the season. It's essential to prepare your Charleston HVAC unit before the cold air hits to ensure it is operational, energy-efficient, and, most of all, safe.
While we may not have the harshest of winters here in the Lowcountry, at ClimateMakers, we work hard to ensure that your HVAC unit is running at its best all year long. That includes protecting your unit with regular AC maintenance, to making emergency AC repairs, improving your indoor air quality, and prepping your heat pump for a Charleston chill!
How Do HVAC Heat Pumps Work?
Most HVAC units in Charleston and the Myrtle Beach area are outfitted with a heat pump to heat a home during the cooler times of the year. According to Energy.gov, when appropriately installed, an air-source heat pump can provide one-and-a-half to three times more heat energy to a home than the electrical power it uses. Heat pumps are indeed an energy-efficient method to heat your home in the winter throughout the Lowcountry and Grand Strand.
Heat pumps can be thought of as "heat transporters," always moving warm air from one place to another. The compressor of your HVAC unit cools your home by cycling out warm air in the summer and functions just the opposite when you turn on the heat in the winter. A benefit of a heat pump over a furnace is that it is only moving hot air, not making it, allowing it to be much more energy-efficient.
5 Tips to Get Your HVAC Unit Ready for Winter
To have your HVAC's heat pump functioning correctly, here are a few tips from us to maximize efficiency, safety, and comfort:
1. Replace the Air Filter
Replacing the air filter throughout the year is a good routine to improve your HVAC unit's health. An air filter serves two goals: preventing particulates and dust out of your HVAC unit and filtering the air in your home. Swapping out your air filter often can prolong your HVAC unit's life, and using an allergen filter can also improve your indoor air quality. ClimateMakers advises you to replace your air filter every month for peak filtering.
2. Clean the Air Ducts
The air ducts in your home can accumulate dust, allergens, mold, and other contaminants during the year - even with the best filters. When you turn on the heat, these contaminants may react with the heat, and their effects can become more severe.
3. Examine the Belt
There is a belt that powers the blower inside your HVAC unit, moving the air through the outdoor compressor. You can inspect this belt for problems such as cracks or damage. If you see any of these signs, the belt will need to be replaced. These belts wear down over time, especially along the South Carolina coast, with its high temperatures, humidity, and prolonged AC use.
4. Inspect the Vents
It can be easy to forget that the vents in your home are an essential piece of your HVAC system. Ensure that the vents in your home aren't blocked by furniture or other items that could impede the airflow. Insufficient airflow to your HVAC unit can cause it to work harder to pump the air, putting excessive stress on your unit.
5. Schedule Maintenance
As the winter season approaches, the smartest choice you can make to protect your HVAC unit is to schedule maintenance with a qualified HVAC technician. A technician can check all aspects of your unit and knows where to catch possible issues that may lead to problems or danger down the line.
Contact ClimateMakers for Winter HVAC Preparation
ClimateMakers has served the Charleston, SC, and Grand Strand areas for years. We provide home heating services ranging from HVAC maintenance, HVAC installation along with HVAC repair. Our main goal is to keep your family safe and comfortable all year long while delivering honest service with integrity. If you have any questions about your HVAC unit - including the heat pump - and prepping it for the winter, contact us here, or give us a call, 843-552-9024.