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Preparing HVAC for Winter: Your Health, Safety, and Comfort

In Vista, the weather is temperate all year long, dry but not too hot, and some nights are chilling but not too cold. It is easy to forget during such mild weather that you will soon be turning up the thermostat when colder months hit, especially around November.

It is essential to prepare your HVAC for using your furnace during the winter months. It is easy to get busy with the holidays and neglect this critical step. But your health, safety, and comfort warrant the time and attention to some essential details. Details that could mean severe problems and be dangerous if neglected.

Things can go wrong with your heating for many reasons that affect the HVAC itself, but more importantly, the well-being of you and your family. Heating and air conditioning in Vista is an integral part of maintaining your home and protecting your family. 

Filters and your heater

Changing the filter of your HVAC  will keep your HVAC running smoothly and could help you avoid costly repairs.

A clogged filter causes

  • Lack of airflow
  • Uneven temperatures
  • High energy bills
  • Toxic Air
  • Furnace or heater breakdown
  • A Faulty Heater

Whether you have a heat pump, gas furnace, or electric heaters, you should have your heater inspected to make sure it does not have any problems that would cause it to malfunction.

Signs of faulty Heater 

  • Heater blowing cold air
  • Pilot light not staying on
  • Uneven temperatures
  • Heater won’t shut off
  • The fan is not blowing
  • Carbon monoxide leak (with combustible fuels)

If your heater is displaying any of the above problems, it is a sign that something is wrong. A faulty heating system could indicate that real trouble is afoot, especially if you have a gas or other combustible fuel furnace.

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide is a poisonous gas that is undetectable and has no odor or taste. It is deadly and will hit without any warning. According to the CDC, “Every year, at least 430 people die in the U.S. from accidental CO poisoning.” It is vital to have your system inspected and tested for leaks that could cause this deadly gas to infiltrate the air of your home.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • blurred vision
  • Chest pain
  • Drowsiness
  • Fainting
  • Loss of consciousness

If your HVAC is malfunctioning, it may be time to replace it, especially if it is over ten years old. Upgrading to a new energy-efficient HVAC is well worth the investment. The energy-efficient models come with advanced technology and smart home capabilities, and they run cleaner for the environment. 

Semper Solaris has been serving the city of Vista for over 15 years with solar power installations. We are proud to continue serving this city and now offer heating and air conditioning installations in Vista. 

Our qualified technicians can give your HVAC a safety inspection and perform maintenance to make sure your heater is safe to run. And we will offer solutions for carbon monoxide detection and other safety concerns. Let’s keep you and your family safe with well-running heating and air conditioning.

Helping Veterans One Solar System at a Time

The Semper Cares Initiative was founded to help deserving veterans get relief from high electricity prices by blessing them with energy independence and the security of a secure roof over their heads.