As the temperatures drop, it should be your number one priority to take care of your heating system. There is nothing worse than starting up your heater in winter only to discover that some error had occurred. Luckily, with routine maintenance, your technician can spot any potential issues before they occur. That way, you don’t have to worry about spending any nights in the cold. However, several other factors you may not have previously considered can lead to inadequate heater performance.
Therefore, we have created a list of suggestions for you to follow. Use these four tips to get the most out of your heater this winter.
Insulate Windows and Doors
We understand more than anyone the high costs of heating your home, which is why it is so essential to seal all potential air leakage points properly. For example, when excess heat escapes from cracks along your windows and doors, your heater has to work much harder to heat your home and keep it heated. Therefore, before the winter months arrive, do a quick walk-through and check all possible points where air could leak out. If you discover any compromised areas, seal them with insulation. And, just like that, your home is better insulated from the frigid temperatures. Even better, your expensive heated air is much less likely to escape.
Upgrade Key Components
Another excellent suggestion for optimizing your heater is to upgrade any outdated components, such as the zone control systems and thermostats. Zone control systems allow homeowners to save energy and prolong the life of their heater by choosing the specific rooms they want heated. Thus, your heater will only run at a fraction of its capacity.
Additionally, upgrading your thermostat to a smart thermostat also increases heater performance. As a result, you’ll have the ability to control your heater from anywhere using your smartphone.
Routinely Change Filters
Your heater will not work as effectively if it contains old filters covered in dust and debris. In addition, when your heater uses old filters for prolonged amounts of time, further damage can occur to its internal components. It will work overtime to push air through the already heavily covered filters. Update your heater’s filters once every month to ensure your heater will work properly when winter finally arrives.
Professional Heater Maintenance
Insulating your home, upgrading parts, and replacing filters are standard in most heater and HVAC maintenance plans. Of course, you can save servicing fees by opting to do some of these steps yourself, but we recommend leaving these jobs to the HVAC techs.
However, do not wait until the temperatures begin to fall before contacting your servicing team. Instead, plan for a heater inspection so that your home is ready to face whatever Jack Frost decides to throw at it this winter—without fear of a mid-season breakdown.
Home Comfort USA
These four tips are guaranteed to help you get the most out of your heater this winter. We at Home Comfort USA have been servicing the Southern California area for years as we strive to provide the highest heating and cooling services.
If interested in our HVAC installations or maintenance plans, please do not hesitate to contact us today for additional information.