The warm air flowing through your home during the cold winter months is probably not something you spend much time thinking about. The components of your home cooling system are usually housed out of sight in the basement, a closet, or in mechanical rooms, making them easy to ignore until something goes wrong. As the heating season unfolds, it’s important to remember your home heating system and take steps to keep it in peak working condition:
Change or clean your air filters. If you use disposable air filters, change them once a month. If you use electrostatic filters or an electronic air cleaner, follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions.
Seal the leaks. Seal leaks in your ductwork, attic vents and around windows, doors and other openings to make sure the warm air stays inside your house.
Check downstairs registers. Make sure all main level registers are fully open and not blocked by furniture, throw rugs or other objects.
Keep it clean. Clear dust and dirt away from registers and vacuum return air grilles. A clean system works better, lasts longer and uses less electricity. Reduced airflow wears your home heating system out.
Schedule a check-up. Regular preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure trouble-free operation and peak performance all winter long. A professional check-up from First Degree Heating & Air will address tasks you should not handle, such as checking for gas leaks, evaluating the temperature rise, checking and cleaning internal system components, measuring airflow, checking electrical connections and more.