Common Winter Heating Problems and Solutions


We all know we need a properly functioning heater to get through the winter, but there can be challenges along the way. Problems with your heating system can be spontaneous and unpredictable, so the best way to prepare yourself is to know what could possibly go wrong ahead of time. If you want to learn about some common winter heating problems and how to solve them, keep reading!

Improper Circulation

One of the more recognizable signs of a winter heating problem is not feeling heat! That’s the last thing you want to happen this winter — what’s a comfortable home without being able to stay warm? Thankfully, solving this problem can be quite simple. The culprit is very likely a blockage in your air vents/ducts, so if you see a lot of dust, dirt, or other particles accumulating around your vents, you should clear the way. Using your hands, a vacuum, or compressed air should do the trick.

Dry Air

With all the dry, frigid air roaring outside, it will to seep into your house eventually. There is not much you can do with your heater to combat this, but that doesn’t mean you should do nothing, as dry air can be harmful to your skin. Dry air also holds less heat than moist air, so that’ll impede having a comfortable home. The best way to go about combating this issue is to get a humidifier. Whether you want to put one in a single room or have it installed into your HVAC system, it’s a great countermeasure to improve your home’s air quality!

Carbon Monoxide

This problem may not be as common as others, but it is by far the most important. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced by heaters that burn combustible fuel. The toxic gas normally filters out of your home to protect everyone inside, but a malfunctioning heater can spread it throughout the house. If you can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, how can you know if it spreads through your house? A carbon monoxide detector. Many states require you to have one, but you should prioritize ensuring yours works. It can save your life. If your carbon monoxide detector alarm goes off, call 911, evacuate everyone out of the house, and wait for emergency services to arrive.

If your winter heating problems did not appear in this blog, please give the team at Quality Home HVAC a call at (970) 447-4151. We’re more than happy to help you through any of your heating-related concerns!

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