Weather the Winter Wonderland: Tips to Prep Your Heater

What do you think of when you imagine winter? Hopefully you imagine good things, like snowball fights or sleigh rides across the white landscape. Or maybe you imagine sitting in your warm home, curled up in a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate as you watch the snow fall.

But you might also have other memories of winter, such as that time your heater broke in the middle of a snowstorm, and you had to hurry to save your pipes and your cold toes. You don’t want that to happen againand you shouldn’t have to worry about it. As long as you prepare your heater before the cold hits, the appliance should last you until spring without a problem.

1. Clean the Room or Closet Around Your Heater

The more stuff you have in the room or closet that houses your heater, the more dust, insects, spiders, and even rodents will accumulate in that room. That dust can get sucked into your heater and prevent air from flowing through it normally. Additionally, any items stacked around your heater could potentially fall in it and cause a fire. Safeguard your home and clear the room.

If you need extra storage space, look in your garage, basement, attic, or closets. And if you can’t find room there, consider holding a garage sale or renting a storage unit. The space around your heater really should stay clear. You’ll stay safer, and your furnace expert will have an easier time with maintenance or repairs.

2. Book a Slot for a Professional Heater Inspection

If you don’t know what to look for when you inspect your heater, you could have trouble. You might not see subtle hints of interior flaws, and you may be unable to properly assess sounds, smells, and pilot lights. It’s a good idea to schedule a time with your preferred professionals just before winter so they can assess your heater.

These professionals give you a more thorough inspection for several reasons. First, they can check the inside of the heater for a buildup of debris, not to mention worn or broken parts. They can also find even the tiniest leaks and seal them, boosting your heater’s energy efficiency. Then they can clean both your heater and your duct system to improve your home’s air quality.

3. Replace Your Heater With a New Model If You Need To

Even if you give your furnace as much TLC as possible, it’ll still wear out eventually. You’ll notice that it gradually becomes less efficient and needs more repairs. So, if you spend more than it’s worth to repair it, consider replacing it with one of the market’s newest heaters. The new heater should more than pay for itself in energy savings. It may also pay for itself in saved repair costs.

Additionally, the market’s current heaters have stronger frames and moving parts, as well as improved safety features. So, your new heater will last longer and keep your home safer.

4. Buy Filters in Advance to Switch Them Out Later

During the year’s coldest months, you should change your filters once a month, but you have to change them once every two months if you want to keep your home’s air clean. Your home has more contaminants in the air over the winter because you keep the doors and windows closed, so fresh air can’t flush out the dust and chemicals that float around you.

You need to inhale clean air, especially because winter often brings colds and the flu along with it. So don’t forget to switch out your heater’s filters regularly.

 

With these tips, your heater should operate reliably from November to March. And don’t forget to call your HVAC specialist to schedule an inspection.