Sweater weather is just around the corner! We’re falling back into cooler weather at last. Best of all, it’s time to turn off the AC and turn on the heat. But before you put the fan on blast, make sure your heater is functioning at its very best.
Running the heater before it’s prepped and primed can cause unnecessary stress on your appliance. This usually also reduces its efficiency and can lead to expensive repairs.
Before your system is called upon to make your home nice and toasty, check out these six simple tips to get your heater ready for fall. You’ll keep your entire heating system working like a charm for years to come!
1. Replace the Filters
It turns out that a little fall cleaning is necessary to get your heater system ready for the new season.
After a long summer, your heater has probably built up a fair amount dust, dirt and grime. This gunk will reduce the overall air quality of your home.
For fresh air, put in a new set of replaceable filters or clean out permanent ones. This is a monthly job.
Keep on top of it and you’ll get your heater system running efficiently.
2. Prep Your Home
Take a look around your home. Do you have piles of boxes near the heating vents? Or maybe your vents are looking grimy?
Before turning on your heater, be sure to remove any flammable objects. Next, clean out the vents and move furniture or objects blocking the air. Taking a few minutes to tidy up will ensure that the air flows evenly throughout the area.
3. Inspect the Blower Belt
Furnaces with blower belts need regular inspection. If the belt is in bad condition, you’ll be dealing with problems soon.
Take a moment to observe the condition of the belt. If it looks worn down or frayed, call our team of heating and air experts at Three Rivers Services. This is definitely one of those “better safe than sorry” situations!
4. Clean Out Your Air Ducts
You’ve replaced your filters, cleaned the vents and checked the blower belt. You even added some more oil to the blower motor. But the air coming out of the heater doesn’t feel warm at all. What’s the problem?
It might be time to clean out those air ducts. Dust & dirt builds up there over time, especially after any remodeling projects.
You can suck out a fair amount with a vacuum cleaner hose but a professional will be needed for a full-service cleaning.
5. Upgrade for Maximum Efficiency
Like all appliances, heaters need to be replaced once they reach their twilight years. If your heater is over 15 years old, it may be time to replace it and upgrade to a new model.
Today’s heaters are more energy efficient than those made in the 90s. You can easily find ENERGY STAR options for HVAC systems, which reduce the amount of energy you consume and lower your electric bill. A new heater will also save you money on maintenance and repairs.
6. Schedule a Tune-up and Safety Check
You probably schedule a routine physical each year and change your oil as directed. Your HVAC system needs the same kind of care and maintenance to perform at its best.
A routine tune-up identifies and fixes small problems before they turn into costly repairs. Our inspections are designed to reduce operating costs and maximize your investment.
To keep your house warm and cozy all season long, contact our team at Three Rivers Services to schedule a tune-up. And if your system has been in use since the first Bush presidency, thank your lucky stars & call us now for immediate service!