Your heating unit has probably been siting without use for the last couple of months, so it is crucial that you start preparing it for the winter. Failure to prepare your HVAC system could lead to insufficient heating or increased utility costs. With the days getting colder and shorter, now would be a good time to perform routine maintenance such as clearing your air filters and heating ducts.
However, there are several easily forgettable HVAC maintenance steps that may impact on the performance of your heating unit. Read on for important reminders on several steps you should take to ensure your indoor air and heating efficiency aren't compromised.
Pay attention to the blower
The blower on your outdoor condenser is often exposed to the elements for most of the year, leading to damage to the belts and as well as loss of lubrication. To ensure the HVAC system runs smoothly, have your heating technician examine the blower for damaged belts and pulleys that could cause heating inefficiencies. Have frayed or worn out blower belts replaced and ensure that the blower motor is well lubricated so as to improve the rate through which hot air is circulated in your home.
Blower door inspection is another important, yet frequently overlooked maintenance step. The blower doors ensure that toxic gases produced by your heating system exit the home safely, so having the doors sealed properly can help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning during the dead of winter.
Check the exhaust flue and indoor air vents
The ability of air to flow freely inside the home greatly impacts how effectively your HVAC unit is able to dissipate heat to all rooms evenly. Obstructions in your indoor air vents can force your heating unit to work much harder, resulting in outrageous heating costs. Your HVAC contractor can easily clear out any debris and seal leaks in the vents to ensure proper circulation of heated air. Carpets or furniture that could be blocking air vents should be removed to improve heating efficiency within the home.
Next, check that the exhaust flue is clear of any debris that could block the flow of combustible gasses out of your living space. You can check for any obstructions by removing the flue cap on your furnace and water heater and looking through the exhaust flue to the outside. Finally, ensure that you install door louvers or vents to bring in more air into your furnace room so as to ensure the system gets plenty of combustion air for efficient heating.
For more information, contact companies like Fraser Valley Heating Ltd HVAC.