Fall is officially here and while temperatures are still pretty warm, they won’t stay that way for much longer. Once the cool, crisp nights kick in, you’ll want your heater to take the chill off. But if you wait until you’re cold to turn it on for the first time, you may find out that there’s something wrong with it and be stuck waiting for a repair.
At our heating company, we always tell our customers It’s not too early to make sure your heater is working properly. Here are some things you can do to prep it for the cold months:
Replace the filter
Start your heater off with a fresh, clean filter for the winter months and it’ll trap more dirt, dust, and allergens to help you stay healthy.
Inspect the exhaust flue
The exhaust flue is what carries gasses away from your home and outside, so inspect it to make sure it’s clear and that nothing is obstructing it (like leaves, nests, branches, etc.).
Clear away the area
If you have any storage items (boxes, furniture, paints, etc.) near or on top of your heater, make sure you move them away from the unit. You don’t want anything catching on fire.
Check your vents
Check the vents around your home and make sure that nothing is obstructing the path of airflow. It’s also a good idea to give your vents a good dusting; simply remove the vent covers and use a vacuum cleaner to suck up any dust and dirt that may have collected over the summer.
Our West Chester heating experts will do a seasonal inspection to make sure that your heater is good to go. We’ll check for problems like leaks, cracked belts, motor issues, and more, and if we find anything that needs addressed, we’ll fix it up quickly.