Get the Heater Ready For Colder Temperatures
Preparing for fall involves more than just shopping for sweaters. With fall comes a drop in temperatures and a rise in heater usage. Maintenance is especially important to keep heaters working efficiently. Finding and taking care of potential problems now will prevent getting stuck in a cold living room later due to a broken heater.
Even in California, preparing for colder weather is crucial. Cold indoor temperatures can cause respiratory problems, so a working heating system is important. An annual heater tune-up is recommended, regardless of the brand, to keep the system working safely and efficiently. During the maintenance visit, a technician will examine the system, including the thermostat, blower motor, wire connections, coils, and safety controls.
When an HVAC system is not running as it should, homeowners can expect to see a sudden increase in the power bill. However, the high energy costs could also be from neglecting maintenance. The benefits of heater maintenance are energy bill costs decrease, a longer system lifespan, fewer repairs, and better indoor air quality. Technicians can also find and fix problems before they worsen while they clean and inspect the system. Maintenance this fall can improve heaters before the cold sets in.
Air Filters Matter
While trained technicians handle issues within the system, homeowners can help in other ways. Replacing the air filters is one of the easiest ways to help maintain heating and cooling systems and is something homeowners should do regularly to keep the unit working right.
A dirty air filter prevents air from circulating. Not only can energy bills increase, but the air will not feel as warm or cold as the thermostat says it should. Air filters that are never replaced can even cause the system to shut down and can be a fire hazard for overheating furnaces.
There are different types of air filters available. Many homeowners choose disposable filters because they are relatively cheap and only need to be replaced around once every three months. Regardless of the type, air filters must be placed front to back. Placing them the incorrect way will affect indoor air quality. Changing the air filter also reduces the likelihood of mold or mildew, which is incredibly helpful for those with allergies.
Regular maintenance can help homeowners save money, but it’s still advised that they monitor their energy usage. A sudden increase in energy bills is a sign there could be something wrong with the system and will alert homeowners to the problem. However, this sign of a faulty unit is unreliable without maintenance because if maintenance is neglected, that could cause the higher bills.
Installing a smart thermostat is one of the easiest ways to reduce energy usage and save money. This technology allows the thermostat to be changed remotely from a smartphone. The heater can automatically shut off when nobody is home to save as much energy as possible.
Weatherstripping around windows and doors can also help reduce energy bills by preventing heat losses this fall and winter. By using a special kind of tape, windows can be effectively sealed. A tension seal is made from a durable type of plastic used along the sides and top of windows.
About Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is a family-owned and operated company serving Santa Maria, CA, and the surrounding areas since 1993. They offer reasonable rates, same-day service, and financing options. Call them today for heating maintenance in Santa Maria, CA.