Common Winter Heating Concerns

Fortunately, in Palm Beach, Florida, we don’t get what most of the country calls winter. However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t have to get your heating system checked. These are three of the most common HVAC issues you may experience this winter.

Clogged Air Filters

Clogged or dirty air filters are a big issue, especially in the winter when people are inside more often. When the air filters aren’t changed regularly, they start to collect a lot of dirt, dust, and even insects. The dust and bacteria that get blown into the air can exacerbate allergy symptoms and cause other respiratory issues.

Changing or cleaning the air filters is quick and easy and should be done regularly – the frequency is usually specified by the manufacturer. A clogged air filter doesn’t just affect your air quality, it can also raise your energy bills and cause your system to break down as well.

Loss of Heat or Insufficient Heat

Although below freezing temperatures are rare, South Florida can get a cold snap here and there. When the temperatures get below freezing, your heat pump might not be able to generate enough heat for your home. If this is the case, one of our professionals can set you up with an auxiliary heating unit to augment whatever heat the pump is producing. Space heaters will also work effectively.

The last thing you want when it’s freezing outside is a total loss of heat. Luckily, the problem isn’t necessarily a wallet-buster. Sometimes a total loss of heat just means you need to replace the batteries in your thermostat or check the circuit breaker. Unfortunately, if the quick answers don’t apply, it could mean your pilot light is malfunctioning, there is an issue with the compressor, or you have a leak in one of your ducts.

If your HVAC system acts up this winter, call Preferred Air Conditioning & Mechanical, LLC at (561) 202-1422 to have a professional thoroughly inspect your system. Preventive maintenance is one effective way to avoid problems with your heating system.

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