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6 Tips to Get Your Heater Ready for Winter

While the winter season isn’t as intense here in Southeast Texas as it is in other places, we still get some colder temperatures that definitely call for a working heater. It’s important to have a heater that works properly all season long so here are some heating maintenance tips for preparing your heater so it can keep you warm when you need it the most!

Replace Your HVAC Filter

Generally speaking, you should try and switch out your HVAC filter with each season. During the fall, your filter collects dust, dirt, allergens, and more, which means that by the end of the season, it becomes congested and can’t filter your air as well as it should. To make sure you’re breathing the cleanest air and ensure your heater is working the best it can, definitely consider replacing your HVAC filter.

Prepare Your Vents/Registers

Here at Thermacon, we recommend dusting the vents or registers throughout your home before you use your heater. This will help clean up some of the build up that would eventually end up in your air. Additionally, make sure and check each of your vents to ensure that nothing is blocking the airflow from your vents and that each vent is opened all the way.

Remove Nearby Objects

Before turning on your heater, make sure and remove any objects that are near your unit or actually sitting on top of it. This includes things like boxes, furniture, storage containers, or anything else. Having any object nearby actually increases the risk of a fire, so keep yourself and your family safe by removing these objects.

Cover Up Your Condenser

If you have a traditional HVAC unit, look into purchasing a cover for your air conditioning condenser (the actual unit outside). By doing this, you can prevent any ice from collecting inside the unit itself while also preventing damage caused by hail, debris, and tree branches. With this though, heat pumps are different than the air conditioning condenser so in the case that your HVAC unit is a heat pump, do not cover it.

Turn Up the Thermostat

Before you use your heater on a regular basis, give it a test run by turning it on to make sure that it is working correctly. Set your thermostat to heat and wait a few minutes. You should be able to hear the unit turn on and the circulated air begin to come out warm. Let the heat run for awhile to make sure that your unit is ready for winter. If for some reason your heat does not end up turning on, contact us today!

Make a Heating Maintenance Appointment

It is a great idea to schedule a heating maintenance appointment each fall! Here at Thermacon, we can check out your heater to make sure it’s ready to keep you warm throughout the upcoming winter. We will make sure to clean your heat exchanger, clean your blower motor, check your exhaust flue, look for any cracks or damage, and more. If we find anything wrong, we’ll make sure and fix it as quick as possible and leave you ready to get through the winter with a warm and cozy house!

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