Heater Maintenance 101
Whether you use a heat pump, furnace, or some other method to heat your home, you’ll need to perform some sort of maintenance during the lifespan of your system. In this week’s article, we are going to go over everything you need to know about taking care of your heater. From benefits to specifics, we’re answering your questions here!
Benefits All Season Long
Since your HVAC system is hidden in your walls, it can be tempting to ignore it until it just stops working. This approach may appear as though you’re saving money and time, but it can actually be detrimental to your system. Staying on top of maintenance will preserve a healthy system, and the healthier your system is, the more efficient it will be. High efficiency means lowered energy bills, fewer repairs, and a longer lifespan for your system.
Not all upkeep requires a professional, there are small tasks you can do regularly to make a big difference with your system.
- Change Air Filters. HVAC filters are key to keeping your system running smoothly. It removes particles from the air before it enters the furnace equipment and is heated. This includes dust, dust mites, pollen, pet dander, bacteria, and spores. Most experts suggest changing your filter every 6 months, but we suggest more often if anyone in your home has allergies.
- Clear Vents and Floor Registers. Blockages slow down the flow of warm air and will force you to crank the heat up even higher to reach the desired temperature. Not only does this make your heater work harder, but it is a fire hazard. Perform regular visual checks to ensure the vents and floor registers aren’t covered or blocked.
- Give Your Furnace Some Space. Your furnace closet isn’t meant to hold anything but your heater and its components. Resist the urge to pile up storage bins in close proximity to the unit. Be especially careful of storing flammable items like paint or aerosols in the area.
At least once a year, have a professional come in to take a look at your system. A reputable HVAC technician will be able to properly clean dust and debris from the unit, check all electrical connections and adjust as necessary, as well as test all safety controls. By doing this, they will be able to determine if there are any impending issues and have them fixed before an expensive breakdown occurs. You don’t want to be left in the cold with nothing to heat your home!
Your heater is an important part of your comfort during the cooler months. If you’re due for a tune-up and you live in Wickenburg or surrounding areas such as Morristown, Wittman, and Circle City, we can help! Contact us today for a no-obligation quote.