Temperatures have dropped noticeably in Myrtle Beach as we move from October to November. Average lows are in the 40s this time of year, and colder weather is on the way. That means it’s time to prepare your HVAC system and home or business for winter and increased heating use. Here’s how to prepare so you won’t be caught in a cold house this season:

Schedule a Clean & Service with Cooper Mechanical Services

Of course we’re going to mention this as number one, but it’s because it can save you some of the frustration and expense of an HVAC problem later, when heat is really needed. A clean and service visit will cover a full inspection of your heating equipment, a chemical cleaning, and a full system test. 

Most importantly, we’ll make sure your heat pump is in operable condition and, if they exist, identify possible issues affecting performance early. This can extend the life of your heating unit and save you a considerable amount of money in the long-term.

Check and Set Your Thermostat for Comfort and Savings

Given Myrtle Beach’s hot summer and early fall, you’ve likely checked your thermostat and adjusted it as needed. If you haven’t testing your heat settings before cold weather arrives is a good idea. Make sure digital displays work properly and that the readings of indoor temperatures look and feel accurate. 

Additionally, if your thermostat allows for programmable settings, you can also set your thermostat to adjust heating settings automatically. Adjusting your thermostat by 7-10 degrees so you use less heat during the hours you are out of the house can save you upwards of 10% on your utility bills. Consider setting your thermostat at 68 or 70 degrees when home and awake, and lower when gone or asleep. 

Address the Little Things that Can Add Up or Create Big Problems Later

There are many small things you can do to prepare your home or office for colder temperatures and increased heating.

  • Clear debris around HVAC unit or heat pump
  • Prune large trees, especially if power lines are near
  • Check windows and doors for small air leaks and repair with weather stripping or caulk
  • Change air filters and check all vents for adequate air flow

Cooper Mechanical Services is Always Available

The holiday season is quickly approaching, so as you prepare for upcoming festivities, don’t neglect your heating system. Contact Cooper Mechanical Services to schedule a Clean & Service visit, or contact our emergency number for 24/7 emergency repair.