Do you need heating services in the spring? Even though the weather is warmer and you may not need to use the heating part of your HVAC system regularly, take a look at the dos and don'ts of spring heater maintenance.
Do Schedule an End-of-Season Service
You could leave your furnace as-is and wait until the end of the summer or the beginning of the fall to schedule heating services. But this could result in long wait times and the immediate need for unexpected repairs. If you want to schedule service on your own timetable, a spring maintenance appointment is the ideal option. You won't need to rush to set up a service call before the temperature dips — you can wait for an appointment that fits into your day.
Don't Forget about the Filter
Is your heater's air filter a top priority? While you might not put much thought into when you replace the filter or whether it's the best option for your home's system, the HVAC professional won't forget about this crucial component. Not only can the air filter help your HVAC system to function at peak performance, but it can also save you money in energy usage costs and help to clear the indoor air.
If your air conditioner and heater use the same filter, replacement is an essential part of a spring-time service — especially if you didn't clean or change this component over the winter months. Talk to the technician about which filter and what MERV (minimum efficiency rating value) option to choose.
A HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter can remove at least 99.7 percent of some types of indoor pollutants, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Homeowners with allergies to dust, pollen, or mold may want to explore this HVAC option.
Do Ask about the Ducts
Like the filter, it's likely that you use the air ducts in both the winter and the summer. A forced-air heater and central air conditioner push warmed or cooled air through the duct system and into your home. After months of use, the ducts may trap dirt, dust, or debris inside. A spring-time service appointment may include a duct inspection. If the technician finds a significant amount of debris, they can discuss cleaning options.
Along with what's inside the ducts, the technician will also look for breaks, holes, or other types of damage. Any gap in the duct system will let warmed or cooled air out. This decreases your system's heating/cooling capacity and can leave you with higher electricity bills. If the technician finds signs of wear or damage, they can repair the ducts before the summer cooling season arrives.
To learn more, contact a resource that offers heating services.Share
9 April 2021
I know it can be difficult to make yourself think about getting your furnace running when the skies are sunny and the temperatures are hovering around 90, but it is the best time for you to think about your heating system. Getting ahead of the winter preparation game will help to save on the cost of the repairs because the need for furnace maintenance is usually at a low during the fall season. This blog will show you what you can do to prepare your furnace for winter and when you should hire a professional HVAC technician to take care of it for you.