When it comes to maintaining your heater, you have to be aware of the seasonal changes that occur throughout the year. As the seasons progress and the weather changes, you probably don’t even bother thinking about your heater and what would happen if it suddenly stopped working. Unfortunately, lack of preparation for the seasonal changes can result in your heater not functioning as well as you’d like, or functioning at all in a worst case scenario. With the fall coming up and the temperatures dropping, there are some things you can do in order to make sure that your heater is in tip-top condition and capable of withstanding the colder temperatures. Luckily, the team of expert technicians at D&T Air Conditioning and Heating have put together a simple, easy-to-follow list of things to do to make sure that your heater is ready for the fall.
Check and Replace Your Air Filter
The filter in your heater is what keeps it running at its best while protecting your home from allergens and any air pollution that would otherwise make their way into your home. In order to maximize your heater’s efficiency, you’re going to want to throw away your old air filters and replace them with new ones. By doing so, your heater will work more efficiently, which will save you money in the long run.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
With the temperature in the fall constantly fluctuating between cold and warm, you will often times catch yourself feeling cold in the morning just to feel hot in the afternoon. Because of these unpredictable temperature fluctuations that occur in the fall, your traditional thermostat by prove itself to be inconvenient. By upgrading to a programmable thermostat, you will be able to set it so that your thermostat has control over the heating of your home. This means that when your home reaches a certain temperature, your programmable thermostat will turn your heater on to a certain specified setting. Conveniently, a lot of programmable thermostats have compatible phone apps so that you can customize the settings from your phone. Programmable thermostats are an investment that will keep your home in ideal conditions, prevent wear and tear of your heater, and lower your energy costs.
Clean Around Your Outdoor Unit
When it comes to preparing your heater for the fall, it’s important that you make sure that the outdoor part of your heating system is clean along with its surrounding areas. When the fall arrives, it’s important that you check the outdoor part of your heating system for damage and debris, along with any other things that get in the way. Clean around the unit by sweeping debris, cut back any trees or shrubs that have grown too close to it, and if you really suspect that debris has gotten into your heating system, consider contacting professional technicians to remove it. This will allow your heating unit to operate without disturbances during the colder months. Make sure you regularly do this throughout the fall, which is when leaves fall and can get around your heating unit.
Clean Your Air Vents and Air Ducts
The air vents and ducts in your home are what circulate the air around. If there is too much of anything, whether it be dust or mold, inside your air vents, you are introducing a safety hazard into your home and your ducts and vent won’t be able to work properly. Blocked ducts and vents make your heating unit have to work harder than otherwise needed, decreasing efficiency.
Seal All Air Leaks
When it comes to inefficiencies of a heating unit, an air leak in your home is one of the most common causes. It’s crucial that you check for leaks around your home and seal them before the colder temperatures arrive in order to prevent the warm air provided by your heater from escaping your home. This would result in your heating unit having to work harder and longer, resulting in an inefficient heating unit. Make sure you also check your roof and chimney for any damages, as warm air rises and commonly escapes through these places.
Schedule For Professional Maintenance
If you’re not sure if your heating unit is ready for the colder temperatures, don’t hesitate to get in contact with professional technicians who will make sure that your heating unit will work optimally. At D&T Air Conditioning and Heating, our team of professional technicians are highly experienced and will ensure that your heating unit is working better than ever for the fall. If you would like professional maintenance services, contact us today and we will be happy to help.