The temperature is dropping more and more by the day, and before we know it, we’ll be in the dead of winter. The last thing you want is to have a heating failure and freeze in your own home, so it’s important to make sure your heater is in working condition for the upcoming frosty season. Not sure where to start on preparing your heater for winter? Keep reading to find out!
Clean or Replace Your Filters
Generally speaking, you should have your HVAC filters swapped out every season. Doing so won’t just ensure optimal performance from your heating system, but it’ll actually prolong its lifespan! If, for whatever reason, you’d prefer to not get your filters replaced, you should at least clean them out when readying your heater for winter. Air filters are dust-collecting machines by nature, so you’ll want to get rid of the dust if you wish to stay warm this winter. You’ll always want your vents to be dust-free!
Move Items Away From Vents
If you have household items lined up next to your vents, you should move those before turning on your heater. Depending on the items’ size, they could impede proper ventilation throughout your home. On top of that, leaving items like furniture, boxes, garbage, etc. by your vents is a serious fire hazard. This is a very simple tip that can turn into a serious problem if neglected!
Cover Your Condenser
Your condenser is the unit installed outside of your house (if you have one), and it collects or releases heat depending on the time of year. If you leave it exposed during the winter, ice can freeze inside of it and cause all sorts of problems. On top of that, it can’t hurt to protect it from the harsh weather that’s coming! If you have a heat pump, however, please disregard this tip — heat pumps need to stay uncovered at all times.
Call an Expert For Maintenance
The only way to be 100% sure your heater is ready for the winter is to hire a professional to look at it. You can do all of the previously mentioned tips yourself, but if you want the peace of mind of knowing you have a safe, operational heater for the winter, you should call a specialist. If you’re ready to start preparing your heater, feel free to give the experts at Quality Home HVAC a call. We hope to inspect your heating system soon!