The winters in Kaufman, Texas, might not always reach below freezing, but you still want your heating system working at its best during the cool days and the brisk nights. When it comes to heating maintenance, luckily there are some tasks you can DIY. There may be some concerns you run into that will require a professional, and we are here to help!
3 Heating Maintenance Tips for the DIYer
When it comes to basic heater maintenance, you can take some measures of your own to ensure everything is working smoothly. Every little step can make a big difference in making sure the heat in your home is running as efficiently as possible.
1. Check Air Filters
A simple way to make sure your furnace runs efficiently is to change air filters on a regular basis. Keep some extra filters on hand. Check or change them at least every three months or more if you have pets or family members with allergies. Changing a filter is usually as simple as opening a compartment on the furnace, removing the old filter, and placing the new filter in the correct position.
2. Change Batteries and Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
You should change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year. Protecting your indoor air quality is essential to a healthy home. Even if your unit is hard wired and doesn’t require batteries, you need to test the units to make sure they are working properly. If you discover your units aren’t working, replace them to make sure your home is safe this winter.
3. Deep Clean Your Home
Before the busy holiday season begins, you might need to complete a deep clean of your home to remove dust and dirt that has built up over the summer. Remove your vent registers and wash them in soapy water and dry completely before replacing them. Clean your blinds and window coverings and vacuum behind your stove and fridge. You should also clean your dryer vent and make sure there is sufficient airflow coming from your furnace. Do not cover your furnace vents with furniture and be sure to keep all your vents open so the heat in your home is balanced.
3 Heating Maintenance Jobs to Leave to the Professionals
After you’ve made sure you’ve completed the steps above, then it’s time to call in a professional to help with the more technical tasks. These are tasks that deal with complex HVAC parts. Don’t risk damaging your system by doing these yourself.
1. Energy Loss Evaluation
Many homeowners don’t realize how much hot air is lost through windows and doors. You should have an energy evaluation completed every few years to determine if you need to add insulation or seal doors and windows. An HVAC professional will check your energy efficiency and make necessary recommendations to reduce your utility bills.
2. Duct Cleaning
Every couple of years you should schedule a duct cleaning with one of our HVAC technicians. Your furnace will be running frequently during the chilly winter evenings, and you don’t want to blow dust and dirt into your air. We can help make sure your ducts are clean and the air you are breathing is fresh. This is especially important if you have recently updated your home and your ducts might be contaminated with construction materials.
3. Furnace Tune-Up
A furnace tune-up is especially important whether you have a new system, or your unit is old. If you sign up for our maintenance plan, we will come to your home in the fall and spring to make sure your furnace is working correctly and there aren’t leaks or damage. If we find a problem, we can make a recommendation for repairs or suggest a replacement unit if your furnace is over 15 years old.
If you’re still wondering which tasks require a professional and which heating maintenance jobs you can perform on your own, call Accurate Home Services for advice. As a family-owned business, we are here to help meet your needs and provide excellent customer service. Contact a professional today!
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