How to Winterize Your Heater
The cold weather is starting to set in and that means you’ll be running your heater nearly every day. But before you crank your thermostat, it’s best to make sure you prep your unit for the harsh weather. While it’s best to have your unit examined by a trained technician, there are a few things you can do on your own.
- Check your air filter - a dirty filter can prevent your unit from performing at its best and will likely drive up your energy bills. Double check your air filter before you start to run the device in the cooler months to determine if it needs to be replaced. Then, it’s best to change your filter every month as needed.
- Keep your vents clean - when your air vents are clogged, you may face air quality issues or your heater may not work properly at all. Consider vacuuming your vents, or having them cleaned by a professional at Cahill.
- Test your thermostat - sometimes the issues you are experiencing with your heater can be because of your thermostat. Before calling a technician, check your thermostat and make sure it has fresh batteries. To save the most energy, we recommend that you set your thermostat to a cool temperature in the evening and while you are away, and turning the temperature up when you get home.
- Keep your outdoor unit covered - between the harsh winter and hot summers, you may not be using your unit as much. To keep your outdoor unit performing at its best, you should cover it in between the seasons. Purchasing an outdoor unit cover can help you protect your unit from ice, snow, and debris.
- Schedule regular maintenance - in order to truly keep your unit performing at its best, you should schedule regular maintenance with an experienced technician. During your maintenance appointment, an HVAC technician will inspect your unit for any wear and tear. We will also clean your unit and ensure it is running efficiently.
Making sure your HVAC unit is performing at its best can ensure that your family stays warm during the winter season. Performing these simple tasks can ensure that your unit works at optimal levels for years to come. To learn more about how to keep your unit performing at its best, contact Cahill today.