The cold winter weather is just around the corner, and you’re probably more than ready to turn on the heater again, right?
Well, not so fast. Before you turn on the heater, there are a few things you need to check first.
Checking certain things will help you avoid costly repairs down the road and ensure your heater is in optimal condition.
This is especially important to do if you live in an area of the country, such as Arizona, that doesn’t see a lot of cold weather. If a heater has been sitting unused for awhile, there’s a greater chance of a system malfunction or a costly break occurring.
So, what exactly do you need to check before you turn on your heater?
Keep reading to find out the top 3 things that should be checked beforehand.
1. Check and Replace Filters
Before you turn on the heat, one of the most important things to do is to check the air filters and make sure they’re clean and free of dust and debris.
Cleaning the filters and other components of the HVAC is important for both the shutdown of your air conditioning system and the startup of your heating system. Cleaning the dust and the debris that builds up in the heater will help aid in the smooth flow of air.
Plus, cleaning the filters helps prevent the unpleasant smell of burning dust. Typically, if this occurs, you can just open your windows to get rid of the odor. However, it’s much easier to just take care of the problem in the first place by making sure your filters are clean.
There is also a chance you may need to replace your filters before you turn the heater on. Most HVAC technicians recommend that you replace your filter every two to three months depending on allergies and pets.
2. Invest in a Carbon Monoxide Detector
If you don’t already own a carbon monoxide detector, you need to invest in one immediately, as it could save your life. If you do have a carbon oxide detector, you’ll want to replace the batteries before turning on the heat just to make sure it’s working properly.
If the reading on the detector goes over 30 or the alarm goes off, you’ll need to turn off the heater immediately and call an HVAC technician. It’s even recommended by some to leave the house if the reading is over 30.
Until a professional has looked into the situation, you’ll also want to open the windows and avoid turning on the heat.
3. Remove Any Obstructions
This one may seem obvious, but it’s something so many people forget to do before turning on the heat.
A lot of heaters are located in the attic or garage- both places that are typically cluttered with other items.
Make sure that your heater is free of any obstructions and that flammable materials and chemicals are kept at a safe distance in order to prevent a fire from occurring.
Turn On The Heater: Wrap Up
Following these tips will help ensure your heater runs efficiently and safely.
But, the heater isn’t the only thing you need to check to make sure everything is running smoothly. You’ll also want to check your thermostat. Check out this article to learn how to test your home thermostat in 6 easy steps.
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