Synergy Home’s Winter 2020 Tips

December 17, 2020

With cold weather here, your heating system is critical to keep your family safe and warm. If you haven’t had your system serviced yet this season, now is a great time to schedule your maintenance.

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We recommend replacing your air filters every quarter, as it’s the easiest way to maintain healthy air quality, keep your energy costs down, and extend the life of your HVAC unit.

This time of year, take time to ensure that your outdoor heat pump unit is clear of debris and that the unit has at least 10 inches of space on all sides, plus 36 inches of clearance above. This ensures maximum heat transfer and allows your heat pump to operate at maximum efficiency. Also check that your furnace exhaust is clear, as this could cause the unit to shutdown. 

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#1: Disconnect Your Hose from the Spigot and Test Your Sump Pump

Even if they are advertised as freeze-proof, you must disconnect the hose from the spigot – otherwise, water can become trapped in the valve and freeze, causing it to burst.

Winters in central Kentucky usually bring more rain than snow, which can put stress on your sump pump – before you need it, pour a couple gallons of water into the pump pit and test that it’s working.

Notice an issue when testing your sump pump?

Call us at 859-687-0553 – we’re happy to help! We can send a technician to diagnose the issue, or provide a quote for replacement.

#2: Improve Your Indoor Quality

With everything happening in the world, and all the time we’re spending at home, indoor air quality is key. A couple inexpensive upgrades that can provide an huge impact are:

Add a Humidifier to Your System

  • Maintain healthy humidity levels of 40-50%
  • Fight off cold, flue, and other viruses
  • Keep your hair, skin, and nasal passages healthy

Add a UV Light to Your System

  • Purify your air
  • Kills mold and mildew, dust mites and viruses

We’re happy to review your set up and provide a free quote for a complete air quality solution. 

UV light in HVAC cutaway diagram
nest carbon monoxide and smoke detector
#3: Check Your Smoke Detectors

Now is the time to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – change the batteries and check the expiration date. If your detector is yellow, or you don’t know how old it is, it might be time to replace it. 

If you’re looking to replace your smoke detector, Synergy can help. Check out our blog post for more details – it has instructions on how to check your unit, and details on how Synergy can help you choose the best unit for you based on your needs.

Get a Jump Start on your Spring Cleaning

Now is a perfect time to clean your carpets, upholstery or HVAC ductwork. We recommend our friends at New Life Cleaners. We’ve worked with them for over 20 years and they are hands down the best in Lexington.

We recommend New Life for all your cleaning needs. Local, family-owned, and licensed – call 859-263-2625 to schedule an appointment.

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