Your Home Heating Guide

Your home's heating system is important for keeping you toasty and warm during the cold winter months. However, if you don't understand the system, especially how to maintain it, it may become ineffective and inefficient. If you would like to know more, keep reading.

How Do You Maintain Your Heating System?

There are a few steps you should take to keep your system working great. First, make sure to change the filter about every three months. If you have allergies, you may want to change it more often or switch to a HEPA filter to reduce the number of irritants in the air.

If you have an outdoor unit, make sure to keep the unit and the area around it clean. Trim away any branches. Inside, make sure the vents are clear, unobstructed, and open.

Finally, don't forget to have a professional come to service and/or clean the system regularly. Not only will they clean the inside of the system, but they lubricate moving parts, tighten screws, test the parts, and clean the air ducts.

What Are the Signs of Heating System Failure?

One of the most obvious signs of heating system failure is rising energy bills because the system becomes less effective and efficient. Other signs include:

  • Frequent cycling
  • Yellow flame instead of blue flame
  • Rust/moisture
  • Cold spots
  • Strange sounds
  • Unpleasant odors

Naturally, if your system is old and showing signs of failure, it may be best to replace it, as multiple repairs may not help.

In some cases, a failing heating system can lead to carbon monoxide leaks. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, so it's important to have a carbon monoxide alarm. Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include flu-like symptoms, headaches, and nausea.

What Features Should Your Heating System Have?

Any heater can heat your home, but there are many additional features to consider. Start by considering a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats boost efficiency because you can program them to automatically shut off at desired times.

You may also want to add a humidifier or dehumidifier, depending on where you live. If the air has too much moisture, it can make you feel sticky and promote mold growth. If the air is too dry, it causes itchy skin, dry eyes, and dry hair.

Your heater can waste a lot of money if it becomes inefficient and ineffective. Luckily, with regular maintenance, you can prevent many major issues. If you would like to know more, contact a local company, like Economy Supply Co.