In some places, heating systems are in full force as they warm homes and keep families comfortable. This is why for some families, the use of heating systems has been a part of their daily norm. Maintaining your heating system regularly is essential if you want to keep your home comfortable during the cooler months, and even the warmer ones.
That is why we are here to help you give your heating system the maintenance it needs. Check out our heating system maintenance checklist for all the maintenance items you should be doing to help keep your furnace or heat pump functioning properly:
*Schedule a professional heating system maintenance. If you haven’t done this already, then you should. A licensed HVAC technician’s heating system maintenance checklist covers all technical items that most homeowners are not capable of dealing with by themselves.
*Change your furnace filter. Having a fresh filter lets you have better indoor air quality and performance. It also does a better job in terms of removing contaminants as the air circulates, and it allows your heating system to receive the airflow it needs to lower energy consumption.
*Clear the area that surrounds your heating equipment. Keep in mind that proper airflow is essential to have a well-functioning furnace or heat pump. When there are items near the heating system, the airflow to the unit is also reduced. This makes your unit work harder just to achieve the proper airflow it needs, thus consuming more energy. Storing flammable items such as gasoline and cleaners near your heating system is a fire hazard, so be sure to never do this. You should leave a six-foot clear zone around your air handler or furnace to protect your system as well as your household. For your heat pump system, you should also remove all debris and items surrounding your outdoor unit for proper airflow.
*Check carbon monoxide detectors. If your home is not yet equipped with carbon monoxide detectors, then now is the perfect time to install them – one for each floor of your home. You should take the time to check the power sources for all your units. Replace old batteries with fresh ones, and you should also test hard-wired connections to your home’s electrical system.
*Clear vents and registers. You should walk through your home and check each room. See that no rugs, furniture, or other items are blocking your return and supply registers. Make sure to move items away from the registers to allow air to move properly throughout the living areas of your home. This helps keep rooms warmer and your heating system to operate more efficiently.