It’s heating season! Or at least it’s quickly becoming heating season. There’s not a particular date that we just decide to switch our systems from cooling to heating, it really depends on each individual homeowner’s comfort preferences. If you’re really not happy with temperatures that dip below 50 degrees, then you might start the heater early than another homeowner. To each their own!
However, heaters require plenty of maintenance—both professionally and from homeowners themselves. If you’ve got a furnace as your primary source of heating in Fort Wayne, IN, then you’re going to want a professional to look at it before the heating season to maintain it’s efficiency and safety.
Here are a few things you can do in preparation for the heating season. Don’t forget to call our team and schedule professional maintenance as well, since that’s one of the best and most all-encompassing things you can do for your home comfort!
Here Are Some Things You Can Do Yourself
Before we get into the importance of a safety inspection and maintenance appointment for your heater, let’s talk about a few things that you can do as a homeowner to prepare for the winter. Keep in mind, all of these can be done right now, with little to no specialized equipment. So what are you waiting for?
- Change out the air filter. Your air filter is probably clogged from the end of the last heating season. Or, sometimes contaminants like dust and debris can settle on it while it sits in storage. Either way, it’s a good idea to clean off your air filter and reinsert it so your system is running at peak performance right from the beginning.
- Clean around the heater. Your heating system might seem like a good place to keep old luggage, boxes, and furniture, but it’s not. You should clean and dust off at least two feet of space around your heater so it can have access to air and it doesn’t overheat.
- Unblock your air vents. Your air vents are the conduit that will allow heated air to enter the rooms of your home. Make sure all of them are open and have adequate space to force the air to where you can feel it!
- Check on your thermostat. Your thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system. Make sure it’s up to date and ready to handle your comfort needs. Ask us if you need any help calibrating it.
Professional Maintenance Is Necessary
Once you’ve done everything we mentioned above, then it’s time to call us for professional heater maintenance. Regardless of whether you have a gas furnace, an electric furnace, or even a heat pump, we can provide the necessary tune-up to get it up to snuff. We’ll measure the output of the heater, make minor adjustments, and also provide you with a safety inspection to ensure that it’s not endangering you and your family.
Maintenance is a necessary service, and without it, you could see a 5% increase in your heating bill every year. Do yourself and your budget a favor and call us to schedule an appointment!