As the air starts to feel crisp, you will start thinking about turning on your heater in your home. Regardless of whether you live in an area that has mild winters or harsh winters, you will want to ensure that your heating system is up to the task of heating up your home when the time comes. Here are a few simple maintenance tasks for the average homeowner to perform that will help ensure your heater is up for the task this winter.
Check the Settings on Your Thermostat
When fall starts to arrive, you will feel the cooler temperatures more in the early morning and evening. If your home is equipped with a programmable thermostat, you will want to take a look at your settings and possibly reconfigure them. One of the main benefits of programming your thermostat settings to the particular season you are experiencing is that you can keep your HVAC system from overexerting itself, not to mention the fact that you can set it and continue with your day.
Clean the Vents and Registers
Most homeowners never look at their supply and return vents, and this is a huge mistake. More often than not, you are probably blocking yours with carpet, furniture, or décor. Alternatively, you could have closed them, thinking that it could save you money. Unfortunately, this is not true. Closing or blocking your vents will actually do the opposite.
Therefore, one of the most important things for you to do at the beginning of fall is to check all of your vents and registers to ensure they are open and not blocked. It is also a perfect time to give them a dusting or vacuuming. Over time, these vents will collect dust and debris, and if not cleaned off, this residue will end up in your HVAC system where it will be sent out into your home for you to breathe in.
Schedule a Professional Tune-Up
By far the most important thing that you can do before the cold weather truly hits is to contact a heating maintenance and repair technician to come out and perform a thorough furnace tune-up and inspection on your HVAC system. Ideally, these tune-ups should be performed twice per year — once in the fall and once in the spring. A full inspection will be performed on your system as well as a thorough cleaning of the unit. This will ensure that your system is ready to handle the upcoming season by tackling any small issues before they become larger problems.
For more information, contact a residential heating maintenance and repair company near you.Share