5 Tips to Prepare Your Heater for the West Texas Winter
Summer in West Texas is intense and seemingly endless, but frigid temperatures can sneak up on residents in the region quickly. By the time late fall arrives, it’s likely been more than six months since you’ve run your heating system. That’s no problem. You can get your heater back into fighting shape for the bitter winter by just following these five tips:
1. Replace Your HVAC Filter
Where does all that dusty air common in West Texas go? A lot of it ends up in your filter, reducing the airflow, and thus performance and efficiency, of your HVAC system. Before winter is a great time to install a brand new filter so that your heater works its best.
2. Clear the Clutter
It’s normal to start accumulating items near or on your furnace or heater when the weather is warm. When the unit is running, however, this can be a very serious fire hazard. Before turning on the heat for the first time, make sure your heater has plenty of room to breathe.
3. Clean Your Vents or Registers
Dust and dirt can accumulate at vents and registers over the course of summer. The last thing you want is your heater to blow this filth onto you and your family as you bundle up inside. Cleaning your vents shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
4. Test Your Heat
Finding out your heat doesn’t work until you actually need it could be a real problem. That’s why we recommend you test your system while it’s still relatively warm. Simply switch your thermostat to a position where the heat turns on and check that warm air is flowing through the system.
5. Request Professional Maintenance
If you have any second guesses about how ready your heating system is ready for winter, a professional can put your mind at ease. A certified technician from D&D Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning can perform a full inspection to find out if any component needs repair or replacement.
If you want a professional to inspect your heating system before winter arrives, contact us at D&D Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning today.