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Snowstorms: How to Stay Safe While Saving Energy

Frigid Midwest winters are upon us, and with them comes an abundance of snowstorms, ready to wreak havoc on your home. The best way to prevent your family from suffering from a snow-induced HVAC system issues is to be prepared. Here are our top three snowstorm safety tips to keep your HVAC system functioning and keep your family protected through the winter.

  1. Evaluate the Usefulness of Your Current Thermostat

As winter rolls in, you may want to consider checking in on your current thermostat. If your current system is old or outdated, installing a smart thermostat may be the perfect upgrade for you. These systems can minimize energy costs and give you greater control of your home’s temperature settings. For more information on smart thermostats for your home, contact our HVAC experts.

  1. Consider Investing in a High-Performing Air Filters

Your HVAC system will work harder when we face severe weather conditions. More use of your system can cause filters to fill up more quickly. One of the best ways to improve the safety of your HVAC system is to clean or replace your air filters. Depending on your filtration system and home environment, this task may need to be done more often than every few months. However, investing in a high-quality filtration system can take this frequent task off your hands as many do not require regular replacement or cleaning. A high-quality air filter helps keep your family’s respiratory health in check by filtering out a greater number of allergens and particles from your home’s air.

  1. Clear Air Vents of Heavy Items

Blocking your home’s airways with heavy or bulky items can significantly reduce the amount of air flow throughout your space. Restricted air flow means your system will work harder to force air into your home, prematurely aging your system in the long run. Consider taking a walk around the interior of your home, moving any furniture or belongings that may be restricting the flow of air from your vents.

If you are in need of any residential HVAC inspections or maintenance before winter rears its ugly head, call the professionals at Valor Mechanical. Our experts will provide you with solutions to ensure your home’s system is prepared for all the elements ahead.