Nobody wants to deal with a cold, uncomfortable home when the colder temperatures hit, which is why you need to make sure your heater is prepared to handle the winter weather. Like any mechanical device or system, furnaces and/or boilers need to be properly cared for and maintained if you want to keep them running efficiently and effectively. However, amid the chaos of daily life, it can be easy to forget about something as basic and necessary as your home heating system.
In order to prepare your home for the cold weather this winter, make sure you follow these simple tips:
Change Your Air Filters
Keeping your air filters clean and fresh will not only improve your air quality, but it can also prolong the life of your HVAC system. Clean filters help prevent particles and debris from getting into the system itself, which can lead to mechanical errors and may increase normal wear and tear. When you keep your filters clean, it also increases the overall efficiency of your unit. Some filters need to be changed completely, while others can be cleaned and reused, depending on your system.
Upgrade To a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat isn’t just convenient, it can help keep your home comfortable and save you time and energy. With a programmable thermostat, all you have to do is set your heater to a comfortable temperature, and it will maintain a comfortable environment for you. Ultimately, these systems help prevent you from using too much energy, which can lower your average heating bill during the winter.
Maintain the Area Around Your Heater
Certain heating systems, like a furnace, should be clear of any debris, storage items, or household goods. The device itself can get hot, or the air ducts and return vents can circulate hot air, potentially burning anything sitting too close. When this happens, it can ruin your possessions or in extreme cases, may even result in a house fire.
Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Even if you have a new heating system or are confident in the functionality and safety of your heater, you should always have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home. These detectors should be located in each room of your house, especially where people sleep. Before you turn your heat on, make sure your detectors are functional and have fresh batteries.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
Although there are a few things you can do to maintain your heating system yourself, you should always call a professional for regular, scheduled maintenance. Professional care can help ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your HVAC system, and it saves you time and energy.
Are you ready to schedule your heating service? Our team of Albany HVAC technicians and plumbers can help with a variety of home service needs, including heater maintenance, repairs, and replacements.
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