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Prep Your Heater for the Holidays

Preparing your HVAC system for increased use during holiday gatherings is important for comfort and efficiency. Here’s a simple checklist for you to follow when it comes to keeping your heater in top shape this holiday season. 

Change or Clean Air Filters to Prep Your Heater:

Be sure to always check, change or clean your HVAC system’s air filters if needed. When air filters are clogged with dirt and debris, they restrict the flow of air through the heating system. The system must work harder to maintain the desired temperature as a result of the decreased airflow. Your heating system will function at its most effective level when you have clean filters in place to ensure that air can flow freely. 

Check Thermostat Settings:

Always verify that your thermostat settings are appropriate for the season and your expected guest count. 

Seal Leaks and Insulate to Prep Your Heater:

Sealing leaks and insulating your home is a crucial step in preparing your heater for the winter season.Inspect doors and windows for air leaks and use weatherstripping or caulking to seal gaps. Proper insulation helps maintain a comfortable temperature and reduce energy waste.

Clean and Clear Vents and Registers:

Cleaning and clearing vents and registers is an essential step in preparing your heater for the winter season for several important reasons which include; optimal airflow, fire safety, improved indoor air quality and more. Make sure your air vents and registers are not obstructed by furniture or decorations.

Remove Obstructions from Outdoor Unit:

If you have an outdoor HVAC unit, clear away leaves, debris, and snow to maintain proper ventilation.

Ensure Proper Ductwork Sealing to Prep Your Heater:

Check your ductwork for leaks or damage. Properly sealed ducts help maintain efficient heating and cooling.

Test Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors:

Test and replace batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Safety is paramount, especially when you have guests in your home during the holidays. 

Stock Up on Filters and Supplies: 

Remember to always have spare air filters, batteries for thermostats and detectors, and any necessary HVAC supplies on hand.

Plan Regular Breaks for Your HVAC: 

During large gatherings for the holiday season, consider setting your HVAC system to run in cycles. Give it short breaks between heating or cooling to avoid overworking it.

Schedule a Professional Inspection:

Hire an HVAC professional to perform a thorough inspection and maintenance service. They can check for issues, clean components, and ensure everything is in good working order. Scheduling a professional inspection for your heater, especially before the winter season, offers several benefits and is essential for the proper functioning and safety of your heating system. Some of these benefits include; safety, efficiency, reliability, extended lifespan, optimal comfort and more. Contact us today!

By following this checklist, you can ensure that your HVAC system is in prime condition to handle the increased usage and keep your home comfortable, warm and safe during holiday gatherings. Remember, hiring a professional to prepare your heater during the holidays ensures that your heating system operates efficiently, safely, and reliably. It’s an investment in the comfort and safety of your home and can prevent unexpected heating system problems during gatherings and celebrations this holiday season. 


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