When winter reaches its coldest temperatures this year, you want to be ready with your heater in peak condition. That means avoiding surprise heater malfunctions or repair needs at the worst possible time. But how can you prep your heating system for winter so that it’s reliable?
We have seven tips for ensuring that your heater is ready for the upcoming winter season. If you haven’t already scheduled heater maintenance this year, our team can help. Give us a call today after you read more about tips to prep your heating system for winter.
1. Annual Maintenance
The best way to prepare your heater for winter is to have a professional inspect your system. Routine maintenance is an investment in preventative care so that you can stay ahead of expensive heater repairs and hopefully prevent them altogether. When our technicians visit your home for heater maintenance they look for leaks, assess worn-out components, wipe down the inside of your system, and check all of the controls.
2. Create Space
You want to make sure that your heater doesn’t have a lot of clutter around it. Furniture can block airflow into your system and reduce the amount of warm air that your heater can produce. Keeping furniture and other personal items away is especially important if you have a furnace because they can pose fire hazards.
3. Check Your Pilot Light
If you have a furnace, the pilot light will be blue if it’s working in great condition. But if something is wrong, the color of the pilot light will change to indicate what the problem is. For example, the pilot light will turn yellow if your system’s ventilation is blocked or restricted.
4. Set Your Thermostat
The most important step in preparing for winter is to turn your thermostat over to “heat” instead of “cool.” When you change this setting, listen carefully. You should hear the unit click over to the new setting. You can test this by choosing a higher temperature suitable for heating your home and then feel near a vent to see if the air blowing out is hot.
5. Seal Leaks
Your heating system has a variety of joints where there are seals that can come loose. These small holes can let heat out during the winter so that it escapes before ever reaching the inside of your home. Holes can also let in dust and dirt which can aggravate allergy symptoms and impact your overall health.
6. Change the Filter
Every month you want to change your heater’s air filter without fail. A clogged air filter can block airflow, allow dirt into your system, and cause big problems throughout your system. Set a reminder to change your air filter on the same day each month so you don’t forget.
7. Check Insulation
The insulation in your walls and attic help to keep cool air outside and warm air inside during the winter. If you don’t have enough insulation, your heater may be working harder than it needs to heat your home.
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