Winter is right around the corner, and it’s time to start winter preparation! Take out your blankets, crank up the heater and make some hot chocolate to watch some holiday movies. However, an often forgotten-about step to getting ready for winter is making sure your heater is ready for the cold.
How Do You Get Your Furnace Ready For Winter?
There are many ways to prepare your furnace for a cold winter. At Air Tech of Houston, we’re here to give you all of the best tips and tricks to be ready for this Texas winter.
Replace Your Filters
Filters need to be replaced every 30 to 50 days in order to enhance the airflow and better air quality, decreasing the workload of the system if not replaced.
The filter is there to collect dust and grime from the usage of your HVAC system. If you haven’t replaced it anytime recently, your filter will probably be clogged by the build-up creating a barrier and the air can’t flow completely. This can end up causing some problems with your HVAC system come winter.
Make sure your ventilation is open and clean to let the heating unit have access. Dusting out the build-up dust and making sure there’s nothing blocking the ventilation before using the heater.
Remove Objects Away From Ventilation
Make sure there’s nothing that can block the ventilation and registers that prevent the air from flowing comfortably. This includes boxes, furniture, storage boxes, and other household items. It can be a hazard having the objects near the area.
Set Up An Appointment With A Professional
For the winter prep, it is recommended to do a consultation with a professional to do a furnace tune-up. There may be other issues with your unit that only a professional can find and will recommend solutions for. A lack of inspection can cause safety issues such as blocked vents, dirty burners and may go as far as needing to replace the whole system.
How To Prep For This Winter
To get ready for this winter, it is recommended to do the following to make sure your heater is working:
Check The Thermostat
Before having the heater get on a routine, you will need to do a little heater prep. When you first turn on your heater, it may smell like something is burning. Do not worry, the heating unit is just getting used to being turned on. However, it’s best to slowly go from ‘cool’ to ‘heat’.
Prep Your Heater
To ease into working your heater, turn on your heater for about an hour or less and wait until the unit is working on warming up the area. If there’s no heat coming out of your vents, contact an HVAC professional to do a check-up on your unit.
Contact Air Tech of Houston
If you’re in need of a check-up or having trouble with your heating unit, call the pros before it gets too cold. Contact us at Air Tech of Houston to make an appointment today!