You may have heard the term “El Niño” tossed around during the nightly newscast weather forecasts a few times this year. But El Niño is a phenomenon that largely affects the Pacific Ocean; why should I be concerned about it here in Arizona? There are actually quite a few ways that El Niño might be of consequence to you. And here at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning, we’re concerned with helping you protect your air conditioning and heating systems in Tucson. In this post, we’ll go over the basics of El Niño and why you may want to think a little bit more about your HVAC system this coming winter.
What Is It?
El Niño refers to a warmer-than-usual temperature in the equatorial region of the Pacific Ocean. This in turn can affect the climate in the Western Pacific United States during the winter. Some areas may see a problem with increased drought, while others might get an increase in rainfall. For our area, it’s generally the latter. On average, El Niño has been known to cause a 174% increase in precipitation here in Tucson according to a study conducted over the last century. This year, the chances of a severe problem resulting from El Niño are low, with most experts predicting a relatively mild winter but some rather heavy rainfall.
How to Take Care of Your Heating System
It’s important to make sure your heating system is in top shape in case any severe weather hits your home. If you own a heat pump with an outdoor component, you should make sure it is weatherproofed. Schedule a routine maintenance appointment for any type of heating system so that a technician can make sure any outdoor units are secure and that inside components run effectively.
You may also want to think about the indoor air quality. Increased moisture means there is a possibility for mold and mildew to infiltrate your home. You may want to consider calling a professional to install a UV germicidal light system in your ducts to prevent mold spores from spreading into your home and to kill any viruses or bacteria living in the ductwork.
We can give you tips for protecting and maintaining all types of heating systems in Tucson for the upcoming weather change.
Call the experts Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning when you decide you need heating maintenance or UV germicidal light installation.