How To Prepare Your Heating System For Winter
Colder temperatures are here to stay in Evansville, and it is important your heating system is prepared to warm your home. Throughout the many holidays and snow days winter brings, the last thing you want is a broken heater and a freezing house. In this blog, we will discuss steps to take to prepare your heating system for the winter ahead.
Warm Up Your Heating System With These Tips!
Picture this: You are hosting a family gathering, and your heating unit quits on you because of an underlying issue. Your Perfection technician is on the way due to our 24/7 service, but your home is slowly becoming chilly and uncomfortable. We are here to help you avoid situations like these by helping prepare your heating system. Below we have provided 5 steps to ensure your heating system is ready for the winter weather.
- Schedule Heating Maintenance
- Clean Heating Unit
- Replace Air Filters
- Prepare Air Vents
- Check Safety Devices
Schedule Heating Maintenance
Regular maintenance is the best practice to ensure your unit remains reliable throughout the season. Heating maintenance is a preventative service and allows your Perfection technician to perform a thorough inspection. Maintenance tasks vary depending on the type of heating system your home has installed, but all checklists will include:
- Lubricating all moving parts
- Confirm thermostat connection
- Inspect condensate drain
- Check airflow and ductwork
- Clean inside and outside of unit
- Tighten electrical connections
The preventative service will allow your technician to identify underlying issues before they become costly problems. We can help keep your home cozy and minimize repairs with heating maintenance in Evansville and surrounding areas!
Clean Heating Unit
Most homeowners have not used their heating system since last season, which means it is likely dirty. Whether your heating unit is indoors or outdoors, it sits throughout the offseason and collects debris. If your heating unit is outdoors, ensure debris such as sticks, leaves, and trash is cleared. If your unit is inside, wipe dust and clear personal items around the unit. Cleaning your heating system will improve airflow, efficiency, and prevent an overworked unit.
Replace Air Filters
If someone in your home struggles with seasonal allergies, it is wise to clean or replace your air filter at the start of a new season! Not only do dirty air filters heighten allergy symptoms, but make your heating unit work harder. The unit struggles to push air through the clogged filter pores, which increases energy usage and utility bills. An overworked unit can result in an uncomfortable breakdown this winter, so be sure to replace your filters regularly!
Prepare Air Vents
Contrary to popular belief, closed air vents will not save money on heating and cooling bills. Closing your air vents can actually raise bills, because the increased pressure can create air leaks in your ducts. To help prepare your heating unit for the season, we encourage you to ensure each air vent is open, clear of furniture, and clean! Dirty air vents can put more strain on your unit and spread debris around your home.
Check Safety Devices
It is important to start every season with properly working home safety devices, but especially during the winter. Fuel burning appliances, such as furnaces, can release carbon monoxide and be dangerous for your health and safety. We strongly recommend testing your carbon monoxide and smoke detector before turning on your heating system. Simply hold the “test” button on the device and replace the batteries if needed.
Benefits Of Preparing Your Heating Unit
Preparing your heating unit ensures its reliability throughout the season and provides many other benefits. Below are 6 of the many benefits you and your home will experience by following our preparation tips.
- Increased Comfort
- Improved Air Quality
- Fewer Repairs/Breakdowns
- Increased Energy Efficiency
- Lower Utility Bills
- Longer Unit Lifespan
Whether you have turned your heating system on for the season or not, it is never too late to perform these maintenance tasks! We love visiting our customers, but we hope your home never experiences an uncomfortable breakdown. If the time comes, our expert technicians have you covered 24 hours a day with heating repair and maintenance in Evansville!
Are Your Ready To Experience True Comfort In Your Home?
We are here to help! At Perfection Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration our goal is to provide perfect HVAC repair & replacements to homeowners in the Evansville, Indiana area and beyond.
If you are in need of help improving the comfort in your home, or would like a free estimate on getting a new system, get in touch with us! Our team is standing by ready to help.
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