Getting the heating system ready for the winter by ensuring that it is in perfect working condition to keep you as well as your family warm is very important. It is common for the heating system to experience issues since it lays inactive during the warm months. Here are some tips to ensure that your heater is prepared for winter:
· Check and change the filters
Changing the filters of the heating system is one of the best ways to maximize its efficiency. The filters are designed to trap dirt, dust as well as airborne particulates before they get to the system and damage the heating coil or the fan. Since the air in the home circulates through the heating system, the filters are the first line of defense against airborne and allergens.
· Ensure that the burners are free from dust and debris
A lot of dust accumulates during summer hence the importance of checking and cleaning the burners of the heating system before the cold season begins. When cleaning the burners, check to ensure that they have not rusted and they have been positioned properly.
· Oil the furnace blower
It is also important to ensure that all the components of the heater are in good working condition and clean. The blower plays an essential role when the heating system is functioning and it should be oiled at least yearly and it should not make any unusual loud noise when starting.
· Ensure the thermostat is working properly
The thermostat is another very important part of the heater and it should be working efficiently. The thermostat should be able to start up immediately without any problems once the heater is switched on. Also consider updating an old thermostat or one that is controlled manually. The best thermostat are the set-back thermostat as they allow you control the temperature of your home.
· Check to ensure all heating vents are uncovered.
Before switching on the heater, check to ensure that nothing is blocking the heating vents. Blocked vents prevents the heat from getting out and also drives the heating up. Also, a blocked vent lead to an overheated furnace.
· Have the furnace cleaned earlier in the season.
Most professional companies are too busy during the onset of winter, therefore, it is a prudent to have your heater checked ahead of time. This helps you to save money and it ensures that the heater works more efficiently. Also ensure that the company you want to hire is accredited.