The more your heating system has to work, the more likely it is to break down suddenly. Your heater suffers quite a bit of wear and tear through the season, especially once temperatures reach extreme lows, but you want to do whatever possible to minimalize this wear and tear so that your heating system does not fail without warning.
Here are some of our recommendations for helping your heater work a little more efficiently, so that it’s unlikely to break down on the coldest of nights.
Change the Air Filter
If you have a forced-air heating system (most commonly a furnace), than it’s important to change the filter often. Some filters have to be changed every month, while some can be changed every three months or so. Additionally, the number varies based on use.
What you should know is that a clogged air filter—one that’s stuffed up with dust and debris—can inhibit the proper amount of airflow from coming into the heater, preventing it from working properly.
If there’s something wrong with your heater—if it’s making strange noises or if it’s not getting the temperature quite right—don’t wait to fix it. Call a technician today! The better condition your heater is in, the less likely it is to break down. Besides, you pay less to replace one broken part now than you would pay to fix a system that has completely broken down if that faulty component caused it to falter.
Seal Your Home
You should also make sure that your home is well-sealed to prevent drafts from forcing your heater to work even harder. Look for cracks around windows and doors, replace worn-out weatherstripping, and apply caulking wherever necessary. You can also call a technician for duct sealing, a service which can help to recover up to 30% of the air your heater heats up, if you have a problem with leaky ductwork.
Call DB Heating & Cooling, Inc for all of your heating needs in Allendale and the surrounding areas.