When you invest in a quality heating unit, you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible. Consider contacting Ball Heating and Air Conditioning for heater maintenance and repairs, and use these tips as a guide to heater maintenance and optimization.
Change Your Filter
Homeowners typically use 30-day disposable filters or pleated filters that last 3 months. It’s important to regularly check your filter for dirt and dust. Dirty filters force your unit to work harder, compromising the longevity of your system.
Buy a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats are controlled by your smartphone or tablet, and some can learn your units habits and make automatic adjustments accordingly to keep your system running most efficiently.
Give Your System a Break
Take periodic breaks from using your HVAC to expand its life span. This can be done by opening the windows and turning on your ceiling fan during the summer to stay cool. In the winter, wear warm sweaters, snuggle up under a blanket, and plug in your space heater to stay toasty.
Prioritize Heater Maintenance
You need to schedule at least two furnace tune-ups per year. Hire a professional to cleanse, examine, and repair your system. For optimum performance, perform seasonal maintenance by scheduling the heater check-up during late summer or early fall. For the best service, consider Ball Heating and Air Conditioning.
Make Sure your Condenser is Operating Smoothly
Condensers live outside your home and release or collect heat. Because it stays outside, it can be damaged by elements such as hail or wind-blown debris. To prevent destruction, routinely check on your condenser for signs of damage. Clear away any obstacles that could block airflow or intake.
Benefits of Heater Maintenance
It Makes You Safer
Regular maintenance can spot furnace issues that could be hazardous to your health. If your furnace has a damaged heat exchanger, that can expose you to carbon monoxide poisoning. Any problems could likely be spotted by a professional and fixed before any harm can be done.
It Extends the Life of Your Heating System
Consistent maintenance can catch minor problems before they become major, system destroying problems that require a replacement system.
It Reduces Repair Costs
Your repair costs lessen if a technician inspects and repairs smaller and less expensive problems than if small issues turn into an incredibly costly repair or replacement.
What Can Homeowners Do?
- Insulate your attic and crawlspaces using caulk and weather stripping to seal air leaks around windows and doors.
- Use alternative heat sources such as opening the blinds to let in sunlight, staying close to the kitchen while food is cooking, wearing layers of clothing.
- To cut back on your energy bill, keep your thermostat at 68° to save about 5-10% on your bill.
- Shut your chimney damper to prevent heat from escaping your home after you use your fireplace – shut the damper tightly.
- Set a thermostat schedule. Buy a programmable thermostat that allows you to control the temperature at daytimes, nighttime, and weekends.
If you have any questions or concerns about your heating system, contact Ball Heating and Air Conditioning for prime Biloxi HVAC service!