Your heater is a seasonal appliance. During the middle of a Dallas summer, you don’t think about it – it just rests up and waits for the winter to come. When that winter arrives, we will suddenly force the heater into action, likely working every day for months. To get the best possible performance from your heater during winter, there are some basic steps you can perform to prepare it for the cold weather ahead.
Getting professional help with these preparations will likely be necessary, and the team at Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric is up to the task. Feel free to reach out today to learn more about our services. Or check out our WAM Plan, for annual maintenance to keep your winters warm and your summers cool. We are excited to work with you!
Install a New Filter
This is perhaps the easiest maintenance point you can add to your list for an HVAC system. For most homeowners, installing a new filter is a simple DIY job, and you can find replacement filters at any home center. Not only is this job easy to manage, but new filters are quite affordable, so there is no reason to put this one-off.
Why is a fresh filter important when winter arrives? You want to make sure your system can “breathe” as freely as possible when it gets to work on producing warm air. A clogged filter will slow down the flow of air into the system, causing it to work less effectively and potentially leading to mechanical issues. By keeping your filter in good condition, including replacing it at the start of winter and then periodically during the winter season, you’ll allow the air to flow freely and you should get better performance from the furnace.
Check Your Vents
Over the course of the summer, it’s possible you moved some things that blocked vents in your home, or you simply closed off some vents. This is particularly likely if you don’t have air conditioning to run in your home during the hot part of the year. If you made these changes months ago, you may forget about them and you might turn your heat back on without thinking twice.
With this in mind, take a quick look around your home to make sure every vent is open and has room around it to let the airflow into the space. Blocking your vents will lead to poor performance from your heating system, as the warm air that is created won’t be able to circulate freely, as it should.
Ensure the Right Settings
Once the cold weather arrives and you need to turn to your heating system to keep your house comfortable, make sure your settings are dialed in appropriately. You probably won’t remember what you had the furnace set to at the end of last winter, and that setting might not be right for what you need at the moment. This is particularly important if you use a scheduled system to automatically manage your heating. Go over the thermostat settings carefully and make any adjustments needed so you get the optimal performance right from the start.
Pay Close Attention to Your Heater During Winter
Your job isn’t quite done once the heat comes on and warms up the home. Pay attention to how things are working in the first few days after you turn the system back on for the winter. Do you hear any unusual sounds coming from your heating equipment? These noises could be signs of trouble and you may want to call in a professional to take a closer look.
You may notice a smell coming from the heating equipment early in the winter. In most cases, this is normal, as long as the smell is mild. The equipment hasn’t been used in several months and it needs to warm up. Of course, if the smell persists longer than you think it should, or if it is stronger than you remember from previous winters, checking in with an HVAC professional is a good idea.
It’s Never Too Early
Getting ahead of the game is always a good idea when it comes to the maintenance of your home. With that in mind, get in touch with Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric as soon as possible to schedule some maintenance work and get ready for the coming cold air. By teaming up with an experienced contractor that has been serving the Metroplex for decades, you’ll know your system is in good hands. Get in touch today!