How Winter Weather Impacts Your HVAC System
If you live in New England, you know how unpredictable the weather can be. With the ongoing potential of ice, wind, rain and snowfall throughout the winter season, we’d like to share our tips on how winter weather impacts your HVAC system.
Does Ice & Snow Effect My Outdoor Unit?
Just because we are in the season of heating, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t forget about that unit sitting outside while inches of ice or snow are falling down! Make sure to keep watch on the snow accumulation that is gathered on and around your unit during winter weather. The outdoor unit will benefit from being cleared of snow so that it can receive the airflow needed to prevent any rusting or corrosion from occurring.
If your outdoor unit is a heat pump, you’ll want to be extra attentive to snow or ice on and around the system. That unit will be operating in heating mode this season, so any piling of snow will directly impact the operation of the outdoor system.
Will Winter Weather Conditions Affect My Furnace?
Anytime there is significant snowfall, it is important to keep an eye on not only the outdoor unit but also the furnace vent that is located on the exterior of your home. If that exhaust becomes blocked, it could prevent your system from working correctly. There could even be issues with the furnace. Additionally, any build-up can cause your pipes to leak, freeze or not work correctly.
What Can I Do To Help My HVAC System During Winter Weather?
1. Monitor Your Outdoor Unit & Exhaust Pipes
2. Do Not Cover Your Air Conditioner
3. Check/Change Your Furnace Filter Often
Lastly... Know When To Make The Call For Help
The moment you notice something wrong with your heating system, whether it be a sound or a smell. Make. sure to make the call for help! A professional HVAC technician like Needam Mechanical, can help diagnose the system to prevent a breakdown and help keep you comfortable during these cold winter days. Give Needham a call today!