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Heater Dos and Don’ts

By July 10, 2021September 28th, 2022No Comments

In the winter, you rely on your heating system. Using your heater requires more than just turning it on when your home gets cold. Preparing your heating system for the cold months will ensure a system that can last those chilly nights. Efficiently heat your home this winter by following these dos and don’ts as you discover how to turn on the heater at home:

Do not turn the thermostat up suddenly to warm the house

If your house becomes cold, do not turn the thermostat all the way up to warm your house quickly. When you turn it up so high, you’re forcing your heating system to work harder than it should. This can also 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 ensure you keep all the vents and registers clean to prevent any dust and allergens from being distributed throughout your 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 severe damage. 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 turning it off again. 

Do use a programmable thermostat

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 essential because they allow you to adjust the temperatures in your home automatically depending on your preferences for how to turn on the heater at home.

Do not block airflow

To ensure your heating system is running as efficiently as possible, you do not want to prevent the airflow from running through your house. The area around your heating system should be free of clutter and debris. This will allow the proper airflow from vents to thermostats. To help keep heating bills low, 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. Annual system maintenance will ensure that your heating does not break down during the coldest time of the year and continues to operate as efficiently as possible. 

It’s necessary to ensure 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.