Prepare Your Home For Cold Weather

October 2, 2014


Use this checklist to ready your home for this year’s winter season.

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Our St. Louis HVAC experts recommend that homeowners schedule maintenance of the HVAC system before the winter season starts. The following checklist can be used in getting the system ready for the upcoming cold winter season.

Inspect the Outdoor Unit

  • Remove any debris surrounding the outdoor coil, including grass, leaves, shrub cuttings, garbage cans and lids, recycling containers, lint traps and outdoor dryers.
  • Remove debris from the air vents and prevent snow from covering it.
  • Clean the coil using a garden hose.
  • Check the service valve caps along with the refrigerant line insulation.
  • Set up a covering on the air conditioning system, if necessary.

Inspect Indoor Equipment

  • The indoor air filter should be changed at the start of every season. There are some videos online showing a demonstration on how this can be done. If you are not sure, call your local St. Louis HVAC company.
  • If applicable, the indoor humidity filter should also be changed.
  • The thermostat should be set for heating or reprogrammed for the new season. Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to save a good amount of money.
  • Inspect the connections of the indoor coil drain.
  • Inspect and clean the ceiling or floor vents.
  • It is essential to ensure that rugs, wall decorations, and furniture do not block the vents that bring warm air into the rooms.
  • Check the windows and doors for any obvious openings that may result in energy loss when the temperature goes down. Making the necessary adjustments is easier to do at this time.
  • Turn the direction of the ceiling fans around to ensure that warm air moves down from the ceiling, upper halls and staircase and into the living area. When the weather becomes cooler, the ceiling fans should go on a clockwise direction.

Seasonal HVAC Maintenance

Your local St. Louis Heating and Cooling company will perform the following inspections and maintenance:

  • Inspect the natural gas or propane fuel pressure.
  • Ensure the cleanliness of the fuel nozzle.
  • Check the blower motor.
  • Ensure the cleanliness of the burner component.
  • Check the flue draft inducer motor and exhaust flue.
  • Check the sensors and controls.

The checklist can guide you to ensure your HVAC system is ready for the upcoming cold weather season. Click here for additional tips to winterize your home. To schedule your HVAC system inspection and maintenance, call Scott-Lee Heating Company at (314) 200-0788.