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How's Your Heater Working? 7 Winter Maintenance Tasks

How's Your Heater Working? 7 Winter Maintenance Tasks

Now that cold weather has arrived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, are you ready for winter? Performing the following maintenance tasks ensures that your heating system works well during the nippy nights and days ahead.

When preparing for winter weather, perform the following seven maintenance tasks to your heating system.

1. Change the Air Filter

If your system’s air filter hasn’t been changed recently, now is a good time to replace it. Dust and dirt-filled air filters experience restricted airflow. Such restrictions can prevent proper heating from occurring. Dirty air filters can also buckle. This can cause the HVAC system to circulate dust, dirt and allergens throughout your home when the heat is on.

Replace your air filter every two to three months depending on size and more frequently if you have pets. For the best results, use the type of air filter recommended by the HVAC system manufacturer.

2. Check the Thermostat

A well-functioning thermostat is critical to the comfort of you and your family. While preparing for winter weather, be sure your thermostat is working accurately. Make sure the thermostat turns on the unit at the programed temperature and turns the unit off once the desired room temperature has been reached. A programmable thermostat is a good option. Such thermostats allow you to automate the warming of your home. According to ENERGY STAR, using a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 a year in heating costs.

3. Clean the Heating System

Clean up any debris or dust around and inside the heating system. Clear dust from the heater’s fan blades and motor. Make sure there aren’t any flammable liquids stored nearby.

4. Inspect Seals on Windows and Doors

Heating systems work unnecessarily hard if windows and doors let in cold air. Check the seals around windows and doors for drafts. Air leaks will become evident when the heater is on. You’ll feel the cold air seeping inside.

To seal windows and doors, use weather stripping, caulking or foam insulation. It’s also a good idea to install new door sweeps. They wear down over time and become less effective.

5. Check Air Ducts

Leaks can also occur in your HVAC system’s ducting. The leaks can appear at joints, or older ducting can develop pinprick holes. The hot air escapes in these areas, rather than pumping heat into the room. Fixing the ducting will cause the system to work more efficiently.

6. Test Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Ensure the safety of your home’s occupants by running a test of carbon monoxide detectors. If the detectors are battery-operated and it’s been awhile since the batteries have been changed, do so at this time.

7. Schedule Winter Maintenance

Professional HVAC technicians can check the efficiency of your heating system during a maintenance check. This will ensure that you and your family are comfortable and safe during the cold months and minimize the chances of needing emergency repairs.

An HVAC technician will clean your heating unit, add necessary lubrication to the motor and its parts and replace the filter. The technician will also check that there are no leaks in your air ducts and that the thermostat is working properly.

Winter days and nights may be cold, but with proper heater maintenance, you can enjoy a warm, comfortable home in the days ahead.

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