Why Your HVAC Struggles During Extreme Weather

With the frigid temperatures that our area faced a few weeks ago, we know that extreme cold, with snow and ice, is not good for your heating system. Mac has some tips on how you can help out to be prepared for the next onslaught of winter weather.

Clear the snow and ice from your unit

  • If your HVAC outdoor unit is covered in snow or ice, it can’t work as well.
  • Clean off the unit and surrounding area as soon as possible.
  • In some areas, you can cover your unit to protect it from snow build up.

Keep your air filter clean

  • We stress this all the time but especially during the colder months, your unit has to work harder to maintain your comfort.
  • Help your unit out by keeping the filters clean and the return air vent free from any furniture or other obstructions.

Keep your thermostat at a constant temperature

  • Normally, it’s a good idea to turn the thermostat down when you go to work or bed. But in frigid conditions, it’s best to keep your thermostat to a certain degree and leave it.
  • Turning your thermostat up and down puts a strain on your HVAC system to get it back to the temperature you desire.

Wear warmer clothes while you’re indoors

  • Instead of turning the thermostat up while you’re home, leave it at a lower temperature and add more clothing or stay under a blanket.
  • Snuggling with your special person is highly recommended.

On vacation?

  • Away from home during a time with extreme low temperatures? Let a neighbor know to watch your home for power outages.
  • You can also call Mac Plumbing, Heating & Air to check on your home. We can turn off the water to protect your home from frozen and busted pipes.

It’s a good idea to have a professional, like Mac Plumbing, Heating & Air, check out your HVAC system.
Be prepared with a check-up from Mac! Having plumbing or HVAC problems? Contact Mac Plumbing Heating & Cooling here or call us at (931) 552-5555.