Once I purchased my first home, I realized that I needed to do my part in caring for my home appliances. In addition to reading the user manuals for my kitchen appliances and state-of-the-art plumbing system, I realized that I also needed to do a little research about HVAC. Because I had no experience with HVAC systems, I called out a professional to teach me a thing or two. It was fascinating to talk with him, and I was able to take notes about all kinds of important topics, such as maintenance, troubleshooting, and even shopping for a new system. This blog is all about understanding HVAC guidelines.
Are you excited about the end of winter and the arrival of warm weather? Have you been looking forward to putting away all of your winter clothing and enjoying the summer months? Although many people enjoy the cold weather of winter, it's not something that everyone does. If you're someone who hates the cold, you want to make sure that your furnace or other heating system is in good condition in time for the arrival of cold weather next winter. Some of the most important things that you need to do or have done between now and then include the following.
1. Get a tune-up: A tune-up is essentially an inspection that is performed by a heating services professional. He or she will check out your system, performing small maintenance work in the process. If he or she finds anything is actually seriously amiss, he or she will notify you so that you can have your system repaired before next winter arrives. Because few people even think about their heating system when the weather is warm, you may be able to get a significant discount on a system inspection and tune-up if you have it done in the spring or summer months as opposed to waiting until autumn or even winter.
2. Replace filters: One of the biggest killers of a heating system is going to be a clogged filter. Leaving a dirty filter in place and forgetting to replace it before you turn on your heating system again is going to restrict airflow, sometimes enough to cause the system to overheat and either break down or to shut off to prevent damage. If you want to avoid unnecessary calls to your local heating services professionals, you should always make sure that you have clean filters of the correct type installed in your heating system.
3. Vent inspection: Although you might not think that the location would be ideal, your heating vent system may be considered an ideal place to live by various pests. A spider may enter and spin a web before realizing that it has chosen poorly and little to no food is going to be forthcoming. This spider web can then trap small bits of dust that manage to make it through the filter, eventually restricting airflow and requiring repairs by your local heating services professionals. For this and similar reasons, it's a good idea to have your vents inspected and cleaned out approximately every 3-5 years. If you don't know when your vents were last checked and cleaned, now is a good time to do so.