It’s when summer ends, and the heat starts subsiding that most people are reminded to check their heater system. With the system lying idle all these months, it’s always better to have professional technicians to perform a complete heater service.
Timely checkup and inspection ensues all the necessary repairs are performed and the system runs perfectly well through the cold winter months. And with your system undergoing a check-up and tune-up, it’s possible to prevent an emergency breakdown when you need your heater the most.
If you haven’t done a heater tune-up as yet, here is a rundown of what you can expect during a heater service, besides ensuring its correct working.
1. Duct cleaning
With so much dust around the house, there’s a high chance of the ductwork accumulating dust and needing to be cleaned. If unclean, the dust gets released into the air when the heater is switched on to trigger allergies, reduce air quality and lead to other problems.
There’s also a possibility of some ducts having leaks through which dirt and dust are drawn into the system. Besides, the air filters have to be changed even more frequently if there is too much of dust in the system.
2. Cold air leaks
Cold air leaks reduce the heating efficiency of your heater. Checking for leaks is part of heater service, which is easily done by placing and slowly moving your hand near the window or door’s perimeter. If there are cold drafts of air and changes in air temperature, it means there’s an air leak.
These air leaks can be sealed by recaulking around doors and windows, placing plastic insulation over windows and installing fresh weather stripping. In case of doors, rolling a thick towel and placing it at the bottom of the door prevents cold air from entering the room.
3. Thermostat upgrade
If your heater is an old one, your technician may suggest a thermostat upgrade during your routine heater service. This is because there are now so many latest thermostats with programmable features to choose and use.
For example, some thermostats let you customize the heat settings according to the circumstances. You may adjust the temperature a few degrees lower in the day when no one’s at home and have it automatically increase the temperature just before you return home to make your home warm and comfortable when you return.
4. Humidifier and humidistat
It’s but natural that the air gets dry during winter months because of low humidity levels. This is where it proves helpful to install a humidifier at home to maintain your house’s humidity levels.
You can choose between stand-alone units and models that you can connect to the heater to humidify your home and improve the air quality. It’s also worth installing a humidistat, which controls humidity levels just like thermostats control temperatures.
All this is best done before the cold starts setting. And as a common man like you won’t know about all this, it’s better to schedule a heater service. Professionals can thus take a look at your unit, service it and make suggestions for a better heating experience.