Before the winter season hits, you want to make sure that your heater is ready. There are several things that you need to do to ensure it operates efficiently and without fail. Here are the steps you should take to get your heater ready for the winter season.
Schedule Professional Maintenance From a Licensed Technician
Every year in the fall, you need to schedule a maintenance appointment for your heater. When a licensed technician performs a heater tune-up, they will clean the inside of your heater, check all safety systems, ensure the ignition system is working properly, and much more. They will also look for any signs of wear that warrant repair or replacement. By repairing or replacing worn parts, you minimize the chances of your system breaking down in the middle of winter. It also helps to prevent major and expensive repairs down the road.
Regular maintenance improves your energy efficiency, which also lowers your energy bills. It extends the life of your system and keeps your manufacturer’s warranty valid, too. Most manufactures have a clause the specifically states that all work done on your system must be performed by a licensed HVAC technician.
Change Your Heater’s Air Filter
At the start of every new season, you should change your system’s air filter. You may need to do this on a monthly basis if you have pets. By replacing your filter on a regular basis, you ensure proper airflow. Restricted airflow puts a lot of unnecessary stress on your system. It can also cause the unit to overheat, and a part that fails may require emergency services. Changing your filter regularly also helps you maintain good air quality inside of your home. Good indoor air quality is something that is essential for immune-compromised individuals or those with respiratory issues such as asthma and allergies. While changing your air filters is the simplest thing you can do, neglecting it can cause serious issues with your heating system.
Clean Registers and Vents
To help improve airflow and indoor air quality, go around your house and ensure all vents and registers are not blocked by furniture or other items. You should also take the covers off, clean them, and vacuum out the ducts. This will help your heater work less and promote even heating throughout your residence.
Schedule Duct Cleaning and Inspection Services
If you have not had your ductwork inspected or cannot remember the last time you did, it is high time to do so. Ductwork undergoes expansion and contraction during heating and cooling periods. This places wear and tear on them, which can result in leakages developing. Leaking ductwork not only wastes energy but also places undue stress on your system.
Rodents and other pests can work their way into your ductwork and create nests and reduce the air quality in your home. Nests, along with dust and debris buildup, also contribute to restricted airflow. When the airflow becomes too restricted, your system cannot heat your house to the temperature you have set on the thermostat. This can result in the furnace running continuously and overheating. If this happens repeatedly, it can destroy your system and require a total replacement.
Test Carbon Monoxide Detectors
If you have a gas furnace, it is an absolute must to ensure your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. A furnace that is not operating properly may not properly combust fuel. Incomplete combustion of fuel results in the production of carbon monoxide. This colorless and odorless gas can be deadly. This is one step you do not want to skip.
Let Us Help Prepare Your Heating System for the Upcoming Winter Season
At Premier Indoor Comfort Systems, your comfort and safety are our top priority. We have been a part of the Whitter, NC, community since 1999. We only employ NATE-certified technicians and have received an A+ rating from the BBB. We are also certified by HomeAdvisor. You can trust us to enter your house and rely on our quality of work.
We can help maintain and repair your system to ensure it is ready for the cold weather ahead. It does not matter what make and model you have or how old it is. We have the experience to work on them all. If you need a replacement, we can walk you through your options and ensure proper and efficient installation. We do not just offer heating services. You can also count on us for all of your air conditioner needs, indoor air quality solutions, and more! Contact us today and get your heating system ready for the winter season.