How to Prep Your Heater for Winter

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Before the chilled winds of winter arrive, you need to take a few steps to ensure that you and your family keep warm. If you neglect to prepare your heater for winter adequately, you risk coming home to a cold house. Or worse, you might experience heater problems during the most inconvenient moments. Besides a poorly heated house, there are other problems you might face. For example, a malfunctioning A/C unit often leads to dangerous gas leaks, becoming a major fire hazard. Take a look at this list of ways to properly prep your heater for winter.

Clean Debris and Dust

Your heater builds up dust and debris over the majority of the year. As a result, it’s always a good idea to clean out this build up before the cold season arrives. Taking this step improves the air circulation of your home and lessens the time between filter replacements. It also helps prevent your house from smelling strange while your heater runs.

Uncover Vents

Often, heating vents become covered up when you move furniture around. Typically, this doesn’t cause too many problems during mild weather. However, these covered up vents take a toll on the warmth of your home. To prevent this, make sure that your heating vents aren’t covered up, especially when the weather begins to cool down.

Replace Your Filters

While filters improve air quality throughout your house, they also play a crucial role in enhancing the performance of your heater. The filter prevents dust and debris from building up. Allowing dust and debris to build up inside the blower fan causes your heater to provide poor heating circulation. Even worse, it becomes a fire hazard. Make sure you replace your filters to provide optimum heating and air flow.

Once you have completed necessary maintenance on your heater, it is time to switch your thermostat from cool to heat. Even if you have done everything correctly, there is still the chance that a strange odor may occur when you start it up for the first time. This smell goes away quickly, the more you run your heater. When it comes to preparing for winter, you’re never alone. Contact the professionals at Great Dane Heating and Air to help you adequately prepare for winter. We want to ensure that you and your family stay safe and warm all winter long. For more information on preparing your heater for winter, visit our website or contact us, at 866-488-DANE.

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