People who live elsewhere in the country often assume that Phoenix doesn’t really experience winter at all. While it certainly doesn’t snow or get frigidly cold here, temperatures do drop significantly. Most residents welcome the cooler temperatures that a Phoenix winter brings. We enjoy around 300 days of sunshine here, so our winters don’t tend to be dreary at all. Once those desert temps drop below 50 degrees, as they often do, local residents start pulling on the sweaters, gloves and hats. Just as people need to prepare themselves for cooler weather, they should prepare their homes and properties too.

During the summer, Phoenix residents’ air conditioning systems get major workouts. On chilly winter mornings, you’ll want your heat to work properly too. Make sure that it does with these helpful tips from Isley’s Home Service. :

  • Check the Thermostat – Over time, thermostats slowly lose their accuracy. Test your thermostat to ensure that it is in good working order. If you are still using an analog thermostat, consider upgrading to a programmable digital model.
  • Change the Filter – Since the HVAC system is used more consistently during the warm months, its filter accumulates dust and other debris more quickly. If the filter becomes too clogged, that debris can work its way into your HVAC system, negatively impacting its ability to heat and cool your home. It will have to work harder, so your utility bills will go up. Stock up on filters, set a reminder, and change them out consistently for optimal performance.
  • Check the Vents – Odds are that they are fine, but it never hurts to check the vents and registers in your home. Make sure that they are clear and unobstructed. Use an attachment on your vacuum cleaner to vacuum them out as thoroughly as possible. If a vent doesn’t seem to be blowing air well, contact Isley’s for assistance.
  • Schedule Maintenance – HVAC systems last longer and function more efficiently when they are serviced on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is to have your HVAC serviced twice a year: once before summer and once before winter. During a maintenance visit, the technician can check for minor issues and correct them before they spiral out of control. They will also clean and inspect your system to keep it in good working order.

As a Phoenix homeowner, you don’t have to deal with the frigid temperatures, ice and snow that plague more northerly areas during the winter. However, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take steps to prepare for the cooler months. From your HVAC system to your fireplace to your swimming pool, there are steps that you can take to make the transition to winter as smooth and easy as can be!

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