We’re a month away from spring, which means your heater has been faithfully serving you during the cold winter temperatures. If you don’t regularly maintain your HVAC system, here are a few steps you should take to ensure you and your loved ones stay warm and cozy these last few weeks of winter.
1. Inspect and replace filters.
Over the past few months, the filters in the HVAC system have likely become dirty with dirt, allergens and other pollutants. Now’s a great time to replace the filters to keep the indoor air clean and fresh.
2. Clean the vents.
The vents blow air year round, making them likely to attract dust and become clogged. Unscrew the vent and use a wet cloth to wipe the blades clean. Doing this will ease the load on air filters and keep the HVAC system from releasing dust into the air.
3. Seal air leaks.
Air leaks make it harder for the HVAC system to reach the temperature set on the thermostat and raise your monthly energy costs. Be sure to seal cracks, caulk gaps and cover windows to insulate the home and reduce heat loss.
4. Clear furniture and drapes away from vents.
Furniture and drapes can block air flow and restrict your HVAC system’s ability to properly heat the home. Keep all furniture at least 10 inches away from vents to ensure the HVAC system is able to function efficiently.
5. Follow safety precautions to prevent fire caused by fireplaces, heaters and furnaces.
Heating equipment causes thousands of home fires every year. To help prevent fire, follow these heating safety tips:
- – Never use a heater with a damaged cord or plug.
- – Never leave a space heater unattended.
- – Keep flammable materials at least three feet away from all heating sources.
- – Regularly clean chimneys and flues.
- – Regularly test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
6. Schedule a professional inspection.
A professional HVAC technician is trained to spot the signs of problems before they become serious. Call Blue Apple Electric to schedule an inspection and take care of maintenance.