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Summer Heating Maintenance and Repairs
Keeping your heating equipment clean and properly maintained is probably not the first thing on your mind as we head into the hottest months of the year, but with things as unpredictable as they are right now, it’s a good idea to stay ahead of the curve on all things home comfort-related.
Keep Your Heating System Happy
Here are four things you can do this summer to keep your heating system happy before we launch into heating season 2020/21:
Check and change or clean the air filters – Checking your furnace filters is something you should do throughout the year, including during the summer months (especially if your furnace and A/C share a common filter). If you have washable filters, summer is a good time to clean them; if your furnace uses replaceable filters, install new ones. Clean furnace filters keep efficiency-robbing, problem-causing dirt, dust, and debris away from your living space – and away from the heating unit itself.
Check the thermostat – Test your thermostat in the offseason to see that your heating system functions properly and keeps accurate temperatures. If you have a zoned heating system that includes multiple thermostats, test each one separately. If your thermostat isn’t working correctly, it’s better to solve the problem now than in the fall or winter.
Clean out the drainage hole – A furnace incorporates a drainage hole or sink below the unit to prevent moisture build-up; too much moisture can damage electronic and other delicate components in your heating system. Summer is a good time to check the drainage hole for clogs, particularly if you have a system that both heats and cools your home (a heat pump, for example).
Keep it all clean – Summer is a good time to give your equipment a deep clean using a vacuum, rags, a brush, and household cleaners to get into all the cracks and crevices. Very dirty vents may need to be taken out of the heater unit, disassembled, and then soaked in warm water and soap to dislodge grime and grit.
When it comes to keeping your heating system running like new, preventing problems is the key…stay on top of routine heating maintenance, even during the warm weather months! If you need professional heating service in the Hudson Valley this summer, trust the pros at Bottini – contact us today to learn more.