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Heater Dos and Don’ts

By December 10, 2019 March 9th, 2020 No Comments

In the winter, your heating system is heavily relied on. Being able to use your heater requires more than just turning it on when your home gets cold. Preparing your heating system for the cold months ahead will ensure a system that can last those chilly nights. Efficiently heat your home this winter by following these dos and don’ts:

Do not turn the thermostat up suddenly to warm the house

If your house becomes cold, you do not want to turn the thermostat all the way up in an attempt to warm your house quickly. Doing this will force your heating system to work harder than it should. This can also potentially cause issues by heating your home so much that it is no longer comfortable to be inside.

Do keep vents and registers clean

Your heating system has to push and pull air from one room of your home to all the rest. This requires you to make sure you are keeping all the vents and registers clean to prevent any dust and allergens from being distributed throughout your entire home. Dirty registers and vents also can obstruct airflow, causing your system to work less efficiently.

Do not run your heater for only brief periods

Running your heating system for only short periods can cause serious damage to occur. Doing this can cause problems like the wear down of parts and issues with moisture. If you turn your heating system on, allow it to run for three full hours before you decide to turn it off again. 

Do use a programmable thermostat

Having a programmable thermostat alongside your heating system is vital in ensuring your system lasts. These types of thermostats can also be easily installed by a professional. Programmable thermostats are important to have because they allow you to adjust the temperatures in your home automatically depending on your preferences.

Do not block airflow

To ensure your heating system is running as efficiently as possible, you do not want to prevent the airflow running through your house. The area around your heating system should be free of any clutter and debris. This will allow the proper amount of air to flow from vents to thermostats. To help keep heating bills low keeps doors to commonly used rooms open to spread the heat. 

Do schedule annual professional maintenance

Even with these tips, you still want to make sure to schedule HVAC maintenance from a Lowery professional every year. The best time to prepare your system for those cold nights is before winter begins. Having annual maintenance done to your system will ensure that your heating does not break down during the coldest time of the year and continues to operate efficiently as possible. 

It’s necessary to make sure that your entire HVAC system is in good shape before the winter starts. Call (806) 741-0519 or visit Lowery.com to schedule a maintenance inspection today and let our qualified technicians ensure your home is ready for the colder months.