If you live in a climate that experiences frigid, cold winters, you know that you rely on your home's heating system to stay warm and comfortable. But the last thing you want is to try to turn your heater on during the first really cold day or evening only to encounter problems. The best thing you can do is get your home's heating system ready for winter during the fall before the weather turns. Properly preparing your heating system will help ensure that it will be able to run all winter long. Use the following tips to get your home's heating system ready for winter:
Test Out Your Heater
After months of not running, it is always a good idea to test out your heater before you actually need it. Take the time to switch your thermostat from "cool" to "heat" and turn the thermostat up a few degrees. When the heater comes on, stand by a vent so you can ensure that the air coming through the vents is warm. When you first turn on your heater, there may be an odd smell, almost like something is burning, but this should subside within a few minutes. If the smell does not go away, you may need to contact an HVAC technician for assistance.
Change Out Your Air Filter
When fall arrives, purchase a new air filter and replace your old one. When an air filter is clogged and dirty, it can put a lot of stress on your home's heater and make it have to work a lot harder to produce an ample amount of warm air. Air filters are cheap and easy to change yourself, so there is no reason not to put in a clean air filter prior to the beginning of the winter season when you will be using your heater regularly.
Schedule an Inspection
One of the very best things you can do to ensure that your home's heater is ready for winter is schedule an inspection during the fall. During an inspection, an HVAC technician will look at all of the components of your home's heating system to make sure that they are in good working order. You can also count on an HVAC technician to make sure that your heating system is clean and in good repair. If any problems are detected during your heating system inspection, you will have time to schedule repairs before you need to run your heater.