Notice how we said the word “prevent” in the title of this blog post. This is a big difference from when we usually talk about calling for heater repair. Prevention and mitigation are two different things in the HVAC world. Mitigation is all about dealing with a heater problem quickly and effectively with the right team. Prevention is stopping that problem from occurring in the first place with industry-wide best practices and with being a more informed homeowner.
So, how exactly can you prevent heater services in Santa Clarita, CA from being required? Sure, every now and then your heater is going to need repairs regardless of what you do. But 80% of heater repairs can be avoided when you follow these tips we’re about to give you, as well as when you invest in heater maintenance
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Tip #1: Replace the Air Filter
Many homeowners believe that the air filter in their heating system is meant to improve their indoor air quality. While it certainly helps, that’s not the main objective of this component. It’s actually supposed to protect the sensitive interior components of your system from being negatively impacted by contaminants in the air. Dust, dirt, hair, and other particles can easily reduce the effectiveness of a heater and cause it to work much harder.
It’s a great rule of thumb to replace the air filter every 1-3 months so that your heater doesn’t get overwhelmed by restricted airflow. The more particles that get caught in your air filter, the harder it’s going to be for your heater to function optimally and the more likely you are to experience a breakdown.
Tip #2: Invest in an Indoor Air Quality System
While the air filter that comes with your furnace is great, there are other indoor air quality solutions that can help minimize problems.
Why not help your heater’s air filter with an industry-grade air filtration system that can filter out even more problematic particles from your air. This will make your life a lot easier and make your air feel much better.
Believe it or not, humid air retains heat much more effectively than dry air. By utilizing a humidifier together with your heating system, you can reduce the strain on your heater and keep your home more comfortable.
Tip #3: Unblock Your Vents
Homeowners seem to think that if they block the vents to certain rooms that they are not in, they will make the job easier for their heating system to keep them comfortable. This is not true. Your heater is built to heat your entire home and that’s what it’s best at. When a vent gets blocked off, suddenly it will bend over backward to get heat into an area that seems closed off.
Not only that, but your thermostat won’t register that enough heat has been produced and will signal the heater to work harder. This will inevitably cause it to run longer with reduced efficacy. Just… don’t do this.
JMS Air Conditioning and Heating can help you with your heater woes. Call us today!