Spring is officially here, and you can definitely feel it here in Wilmington. You can finally turn your heat off as you head outdoors to go enjoy a nice walk in the park, head downtown or even take a trip to the beach. But just because you no longer need your heat, that doesn’t mean your central heating system should be neglected. In fact, now that you don’t need it, it is the perfect time to perform a maintenance check, so it will be in tiptop shape when it is inevitably needed once again. Here are a few tips to help you maintain your central heating system.
Check Your Thermostat
Your thermostat is the part of your central heating system that you interact with the most, and it is one of the most important features. Checking your thermostat on an annual basis can greatly help to keep your central heating system in good shape. When you check it, make sure it is set at a comfortable temperature. If you don’t already have one, you may want to upgrade to a programmable thermostat, which provides better control over your central heating system, and can reduce your energy bills.
Central heating systems are equipped with filters, which reduce the amount of allergens, dust and other debris from the air within your home. When your heat is running continuously throughout the winter, your filters can become dirty very quickly. And a clogged air filter makes your central heating system work harder, increasing your energy bills and wearing out your system faster. Change your filters once a month for optimal air flow. As an added bonus, regularly changing your filters means less housework!
Another part of central heating systems that are prone to clogs are the vents. If your vents are clogged, that prevents warm air from flowing freely. Again, this makes your system work harder. Make sure that all vents, exhausts and cold air returns are free of debris.
Schedule a Maintenance Check for your Central Heating System
A professional maintenance check every year will ensure that your system is working efficiently. A technician will easily be able to spot any areas that may be in need of repair and fix them, saving you from costly repairs, or even a replacement, later on. And by having it done in the spring, you will be able to schedule an appointment when it is convenient for you, rather than waiting for a technician when it’s cold, and your central heating system stops working.
A properly maintained central heating system will not only be ready when the weather once again gets cooler, but it will also ensure that it lives a long life and remains efficient, helping to keep your energy bills down. Call Brinson and Sons today to schedule your maintenance check!