Your heater has to work overtime during the winter months. In order to ensure that your heater continues to work and provides you with the heat and comfort that you need, you need to make sure that you are taking good care of your heater. Here are a few tips to help you keep your heater in good shape this winter.
Have Your Heater Inspected
Before you start really working your heater this winter, have your heater inspected. A technician can identify any maintenance needs that you may not even realize.
They can make sure that all your heater's parts are in order and that nothing needs to be replaced or repaired. If it does, they can take care of it during their inspection and you will not have to deal with a broken heater this winter because everything was taken care of during your inspection.
Have Your Filter Replaced
When you have your heater inspected, have the technician replace the filter for your unit. This helps keep the air clean. A clean filter also requires your heater or furnace to work less; a dirty filter requires your system to put out more energy.
Wrap Up Your Heater
If your heater is sitting in your cold basement, garage or outside of your house, you are probably losing a lot of heat every day. In order to keep your heater functioning properly, and in order to cut down on wasted heat loss, wrap-up your heater.
You can purchase blankets of insulation at your local home improvement store. You will need to measure the width around your heater and measure the height of your heater to ensure that you purchase enough insulation. Wrap the insulation around your heater and use tape to secure it in place.
Once it is wrapped around your unit, cut out holes for all the vents, pipes and control panels. Then, cut out some insulation for the top of your heater as well. Make sure you add a few extra inches to the top so that it overlaps with the rest of the heater and use tape to secure it in place.
If you have pipes that extend out of your heater or furnace, purchase foam pipe inserts that go over the pipes and wrap them in place with insulated tape.
If you have your heater inspected, the filter changed out and you insulate your heater, you should be able to make it through the winter without any heating issues. Call your local technician today and schedule an inspection for your heater.Share
19 January 2016
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