Is your heating system ready for the holidays? The best thing you can do to make sure there won’t be any hiccups in its performance is to schedule maintenance. Homeowners in Vidalia, GA sometimes think they can skip out on heating tune-ups because they don’t use their heater as often as their air conditioners.
However, this simply isn’t true. Heat pumps, furnaces, and boilers require annual heater maintenance to keep them running at peak performance. Scheduling annual maintenance is the best way to help ensure that your heating system won’t fail when you need it most–during a holiday gathering, when a cold snap strikes, or when you’re hosting family for an extended visit.
There are other things you can do to make sure your heating system is ready for the holidays and hopefully avoid the embarrassment of not having a warm and cozy home for your family and guests. Let’s go over three additional things you should do besides scheduling maintenance.
1. Change the Air Filter
If you didn’t change your HVAC system’s filter before you turned on the heat for the first time this year, now’s the perfect time to do so. In fact, you should change it more often during the holidays. Frequent cooking, baking, and extended visits from family who might bring pets are all things that could contribute to a dirty air filter. Consider changing it once a month during the holidays.
2. Check Your Ductwork
We know you have a lot to do during the holiday season and that list of things probably has a lot more exciting items on it than checking your ductwork. But if you knew that as much as 30% of the conditioned air your heating system generates can be lost to leaky ducts, would you bump this up the priority list?
Although a lot of your home’s ductwork is hidden, you can still make a quick inspection of your visible air ducts, checking for holes, tears, and feeling for drafts. High heating bills that can’t be accounted for by extra cooking or guests can also be a sign that you’re losing conditioned air to holes and tears in the ductwork.
Don’t have the time to make a visual inspection of your ductwork? We understand. We’d be happy to help out in this capacity with a thorough ductwork inspection and possible sealing.
3. Check Your Vents, Indoor, and Outdoor Unit
Great airflow starts with a lack of obstructions around your HVAC system’s components. Sometimes when you’re digging out boxes of ornaments and decorations, these items can obstruct your system’s airflow.
For the indoor unit, make sure there’s a two-foot perimeter that’s free and clear of boxes or items. Make sure you haven’t set anything in front of any of your home’s vents. Lastly, check the outdoor unit to be certain there’s nothing around it such as plant growth.
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