Get The Most Out Of Your Heating System This Winter Season
The winter season is a busy one for many people. It's understandable to prefer to have fewer things on your to-do list during the cooler months of the year. When it comes to your home's heating system, this is a goal you can do. Take certain steps to prepare your HVAC system to keep you comfy and cozy this winter. We go over the most important ones below.
Seal Home Air Leaks
Cold winter air getting in your inside spaces can make your heating system work much harder. This is so that it maintains the desired temperature in your home. Reduce this issue sealing any air leaks in your home. Pay particular attention to areas around doors and windows. These may need new weather-stripping or caulking to seal air gaps.
Clogged or blocked filters can also increase wear and tear on your furnace this winter. Set a reminder to check your filter at least once a month for signs of clogs, dirt, and dust. You should clean it, if it's reusable, or replace it every 90 days.
Check Vents and Registers
Have a top-performing heat system this winter if the vents and registers are working. In your home, make sure they are open and unobstructed. If you notice dust and dirt, use a vacuum attachment to clean areas you can reach.
'Bleed' Your Radiator
If you use a radiator, make sure to "bleed" it to get it ready for winter usage by releasing trapped air or hot water. A good way to know if you need to take this step is to run your radiators. See if there are any cold spots or patches at the top or bottom.
Schedule an HVAC Tune-Up
Another important step to take is to schedule a professional maintenance check. This is something we recommend doing before winter arrives in late summer or early fall. An HVAC tune-up and inspection involves:
- Checking internal mechanisms and parts
- Fixing any minor problems discovered
- Inspecting connections
- Checking thermostat accuracy
Consider Some Home Heating Upgrades
It's worth considering a new heating system. Now is also the time for home heating improvements during the winter preparations. For instance, ceiling fans can help bring heated air down into your living spaces. Upgrades specific to your heating system you may wish to consider include:
- A smart or programmable thermostat
- A zone control system to better control how to deliver heat in your home
- A new heating system if your current one is older or no longer efficient
Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The risk of home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the winter. This is because you spend more time indoors. We recommend checking your home's detectors when getting your heating system. An HVAC professional can check for an accumulation of carbon monoxide. This and other combustion gases can be tested during a heating system tune-up.
Call Us Today
If you're having heating issues, Cahill Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric can help. Our HVAC professionals are also at your service for routine tune-ups. We offer other budget-pleasing and beneficial home comfort services as well. Contact an HVAC Professional from our team today to set up an appointment.