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How To Prepare Your HVAC for a Winter Storm

In Iowa, you're probably used to winter storms. But, did you know there are things you can do to prep your HVAC system that can also potentially cut your electricity usage and extend the life of your unit? Here are some tips to ensure your family will stay safe and warm.

Furnace Maintenance The number one reason why furnaces break down is due to lack of maintenance. Furnace care is the easiest way to prep your home for a winter storm and should never be neglected. Have your system inspected twice a year before you get stuck in the cold!

Air Filters Air filters need to be changed every 1-3 months depending on a variety of household factors. If not, they get clogged with debris and your HVAC has to work harder, producing dirty air and higher utility bills.

Clean and Clear Air Vents Make sure all your air vents are open and that nothing is blocking them, like furniture. Blocked vents cause a change in temperature, disrupts air circulation, and increases your bills.

Heat Pump Heat Pumps are made to prevent and withstand winter weather. However, it's always a good idea to double check that there is no ice or snow on top of the unit before and after a storm, as this can disrupt airflow.

Replace Your Old Furnace Most furnaces have a lifespan of 15-20 years with regular maintenance. However, furnaces will inevitably loose efficiency over time. Plan ahead of time! If you have to call an HVAC technician for frequent repairs, it may be time to upgrade to a new system before that first winter storm hits.

Can your HVAC withstand a winter storm? To make sure, call 72 Degrees Comfort Company at 515-965-7272 or email us at

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