No one wants their heater to quit working in January (even if you don’t need it every day in Wilmington) and everyone wishes their heating bill would be lower, but what can you do? Although regular maintenance by a professional is always recommended, there are steps you can take as well.
Change those filters.
This one, simple step can make a big difference. When your filter is clogged and dirty, it restricts air flow, putting unnecessary strain on your heating system. Not only can this lead to costly repairs, it drives up your utility bill. Some manufacturers suggest changing the filter monthly, others every 3 months. Follow their recommendations, but keep in mind, if it looks filthy, it might be time for a new filter.
Take a look at your thermostat.
Believe it or not, many people forget to switch the setting from cooling to heating; make sure yours is correct or you may be making your system work too hard. Also, if you’re still using a manual thermostat, consider one that is programmable so that the heat can be turned down automatically when you’re away.
Check your vents for air flow.
Have you rearranged the furniture since last winter, especially over the holidays? Go through each room and make sure that nothing is blocking your heating vents. A blocked vent can drive up your bill and result in an overheated furnace.
Keep your outdoor unit free of debris.
Now that most of the leaves and pine straw have fallen, give this unit a good cleaning to allow for maximum airflow to the fan. This can be done with gloved hands, a shop vacuum and even a garden hose. While you’re out there, make sure the unit has about two feet of space on all sides. You may not want to look at it, but letting shrubs cover up the heating unit is not a good idea.
Know when to call a professional.
In addition to all the steps you can take, it’s still a good idea to have your HVAC system professionally inspected at least twice a year. A preventative maintenance plan will pay for itself over time through increased heating efficiency and by prevention of complete system failure which can be costly to replace. Contact Brinson & Sons today to schedule your no-obligation consultation. We’d love to earn your business.