Turn Up The Heat!
Before you turn up the heat, be sure to have a professional, like the techs at LHT Cooling, Heating and Refrigeration, Inc., come inspect and service your heating unit each year before you use it. You certainly don’t want to risk it breaking down on you once winter is in full swing.
LHT will perform a check-up that will include the following to insure your heater performs optimally all season long:
- Check thermostat for proper operations
- Change or clean air filters
- Check all electrical components and controls
- Oiling motors as necessary
- Inspecting heat exchanger for possible cracks
- Checking for diminished airflow
- Clean evaporator coil
However, there are also many steps you, as the homeowner, can take to ensure the safety and efficiency of your heating unit:
- Keep the area around your heater clear of debris
- Change your air filters regularly – this improves airflow and lowers your utility bill
- If your heat is not coming on, look for obvious solutions. Make sure access panels are secure. Make sure your thermostat is set to heating mode and not air conditioning.
- Be aware of strange smells. But understand there will be some dust burn off. This is normal; just open windows for a while to let the odor dissipate. The odor should go away quickly. If not, turn off your heat and call us at LHT.
Once you’re sure everything is working all right, make sure the heat is being distributed evenly throughout your home. Adjust the registers in individual rooms so that all rooms feel equally warm. Ceiling fans are also beneficial in the winter moving the warm air that rises to the ceiling and pushing it downward into the room.
As you turn up the heat, you should also have a high-quality carbon monoxide detector and test your smoke alarms throughout your home and replace the batteries.