The heating and cooling systems account for at least half of the energy consumed in our homes, so it is essential to maintain them in great shape, not only to keep them operational but also to keep your expenses under control. As the temperatures drop, we depend on our heating systems so here are some easy tips for keeping them working correctly.
Test Your System
If you haven’t used your heating system for a while, turn it on and check if the system is releasing hot air or not. If the temperature of your home does not increase and the system is not emitting heat, it’s time to ask for professional help. The reason for this malfunction can be simple like a clogged air filter that can cause overheating and system failures or something more complex.
Clean or change the air filters, vacuum or dust through your vents and registers where dirt, hair and pet dander can cause clogging and affect the quality of your indoor air. If you have never cleaned the vents, ask a certified HVAC technician to take care of your system. Don’t forget to schedule regular maintenance with a professional that will check the whole system thoroughly, giving you the green light for using it.
After turning your heat on, besides the actual heat radiating from your system, pay attention to unusual sounds such as various rattling and creaking noises because they can signify that some components might be loose, the motors might not be working correctly, the ignition might be malfunctioning and so on. Pay attention to smells as well because they can signify that something is burning due to overheating, you might notice a smell of mold or even a smell of rotten eggs that means a natural gas leak. That is a problem that requires an immediate shut down of the system, followed by a call to the gas company.
If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions, contact us at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling to schedule a consultation with our team.