Gear Up For Winter With Your Home’s Heater
Monday, November 16, 2015
Canadian winters are tough for any homeowner. Sub-zero temperatures, high winds, and mounting snow can cause your home’s heater to work overtime in order to provide comfort and safety for your family. So before the winter sets in, it’s important to make sure that heating system is working in excellent condition. Poorly operating HVAC equipment is inefficient and could lead to a break down at any time. Do you and your family a favor and contact a professional heating & cooling professional to come to your home and perform a thorough inspection of your unit. This will give you peace of mind in knowing that you can depend on your heater when you need it the most.
Preventative Maintenance is the Key
You can safeguard your home’s heater by hiring a technician to perform routine maintenance at least twice a year. Maintenance keeps your small problems from turning into larger ones. This saves you hundreds of dollars each year on major repairs or system replacement. A properly running system will also keep your utility bills low. Simply put, maintenance is the smart choice for any Lethbridge homeowner. Before you hire a contractor to perform maintenance, do your homework and make sure the company you choose is experienced, Canada certified, and is knowledgeable on your brand of heating equipment.
What Does Maintenance Entail?
Most homeowners aren’t concerned with how their heating or cooling system works, but just assume it will be there for them during the long winters and hot summers. But having a basic knowledge of your equipment’s components is a good idea. A reputable technician has a working knowledge of your entire system and can identify problems using highly trained skills and professional grade equipment. Below is a short list of complete what goes into a complete inspection and maintenance. Hopefully this will give you a better idea of your heater. Next time you get a tune-up, ask your HVAC provider to give you a run down of what services they’ll be performing.
- Calibrate and Repair the Thermostat.
- Lubricate all major and minor moving parts.
- Condensation drain is inspected to make sure that it’s draining.
- All controls are checked to make sure they are operating.
- Check the Evaporator and Condenser.
- Update All Filters. Learn which filters are ideal for your system.
- All connections are checked and tightened.
Insulate Your Home
There are some protective measures you can take in order to create a more healthy working environment for your heating system. At the top of the checklist should be adequate insulation. If you haven’t had your property inspected in a while then it’s a good idea to do a full assessment of your wall, attic, and other key areas where insulation is installed. Windows is another key element. Quality windows should provide a tight seal around the window frame without allowing any draft in or out of the building. Something else you may need to do is train everyone inside your house or office to keep the windows and doors closed and to properly manage the thermostat.