Waking up on a frigid morning to discover that your heating system is no longer working is one of the worst feelings. Thankfully, you can often avoid this type of unexpected system failure by choosing to properly maintain your home heating system. This heating maintenance will be a three-step process. You can learn more about each of these steps below.
Step #1: Clean Or Replace Your Air Intake Filter
As your heating system pulls in air from around your home in order to heat this air, it will also pull in the dust, dirt, and other debris that is found around your home. This debris is caught by your air intake filter in order to prevent it from entering your heating system and causing damage. Over time, this filter will become clogged with dirt. If you do not clean or replace this filter regularly, your heating system will no longer be able to pull in an adequate amount of air and will struggle to keep your home warm. While all air filters come with an expected lifespan that typically indicates how often they need to be changed, it is best to check your filter on a monthly basis. If you are no longer able to see through the filter easily, it is time to clean or change the filter.
Step #2: Have Your Heating System Professionally Inspected
Many major problems with your heating system can be avoided by catching problems in their early stages. One of the most effective ways to do this is to have your heating system inspected by a professional before the start of the heating season. In addition to checking for any signs of wear and tear, your heating maintenance contractor will also remove any dirt and debris that has built up inside your heating system in order to avoid any airflow problems that could result.
Step #3: Have Your Ventilation System Cleaned
Even if your furnace is working perfectly, you can still experience temperature control issues if your vents are clogged with dust and dirt. That is why the last step in an effective heating maintenance plan is to have your ventilation system cleaned. In most cases, this maintenance service can be combined with your annual inspection in order to make maintaining your heating system a bit more convenient and affordable. However, if it has been a while since you last had your ventilation system cleaned, you may want to schedule an appointment right away even if it is not yet time for your next annual inspection.
For more information, contact an HVAC contractor in your area—such as Allied Mechanical & Electrical, Inc.