The holiday season is in full swing and most of us are probably focused on decorating and prepping for family visits, parties, and enjoying a great amount of yummy food. All of this is made even better with a working HVAC heating system keeping your home comfy and cozy while everything is busy catching up.
You more than likely aren’t hot on the idea of having your heater go out in the middle of a gathering with family or friends. Unfortunately, an HVAC system that hasn’t gotten regular maintenance or been seen for repairs is likely to give out when you need it the most–because that is likely when you are running it the most!
There are things you can do to ensure that you aren’t the victim of a a poorly timed heater problem. Continue reading to learn more and, while you are reading, you can also contact us to service your HVAC in Coeur D’alene and get a jump start on that preventative system care.
Best Practices for HVAC Care
“Wait there are best practices for this?” Yes, there really are.
When you start preparing your home for visitors, you aren’t likely to think about what you can do to help prepare for heater for the upcoming workload it will have. Thankfully, we are here to help remind you of a few key things you can do to keep your HVAC system in good working order.
#1: Clean vents, registers and filters
When you go on a dusting spree, take a wet rag and wipe down your vents and registers to make sure they are clear of dust and debris. If you have a reusable filter in your HVAC system, you will want to take the time to safely remove it and clean it off. Additionally, if you have registers or vents, make sure they are clear of any blockages such as furniture or bags. This will ensure airflow is unhindered, making your heater’s job a little easier.
#2: Give Your System a Test Run (If You Haven’t Used It Yet)
Give your heating system a test run to make sure it will work when you need it. Turn the system on to make sure it responds to the thermostat in a reasonable amount of time. From there, listen for any strange noises, check that warm air is flowing in all rooms, and make sure the temperature of the air is even.
#3: Make Sure Your Heater is Clean
Take a tour outside to make sure the area around your outside unit is clear of leaves, dirt or other debris. If you have a furnace or a boiler, make sure the system is off and then take a minute to safely clean off any dust or build-up that could hinder the heaters ability to create warmth.
#4: Schedule a Maintenance Appointment
The best thing you can do to take care of your heater is to schedule a maintenance appointment with a professional service technician like the ones at ACI Northwest. A pro will know exactly what to do to help your heater do its job and will end up saving you money in the long run by improving your system’s efficiency.
ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice. Schedule your next maintenance appointment with one of our service technicians today.