The Colorado weather is becoming warmer by the day, and if you’re like most Coloradans, then you’re likely just as excited as we are for the summer. While we’re only in the beginning stages of spring, you’re probably using your heater less and less each day. While it’s certainly refreshing to think about filling your home with cool, comfortable air, it’s important to take care of your heater during the months that it’s not in use. In today’s post, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about heater maintenance during spring and summer.
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You’re surely aware of how important it is to maintain your heater while it’s in use, but you may not be aware that it’s equally important to take care of your heater when it’s not in use. You want your heater to be as efficient as possible when the weather begins to cool down around October, but if your heater hasn’t been touched since April or May, then it may not be performing at its best when you first turn it on.
If you want to practice good heater maintenance during the summer, then the first place you should begin is by calling a local HVAC company for an inspection. You’ll be given a comprehensive report about the condition of your heater, and you’ll have the opportunity to address any major issues that may be occurring. The benefits of having your heater inspected at the beginning of the summer are twofold: in addition to discovering major problems long before you plan to use your heater, you’ll also have a few months to save in the event that the necessary heater repairs are more than you expected. If the necessary repairs will cost you close to the cost of a completely new heater, then you may want to consider upgrading your heating unit. Heater installations tend to be more affordable during the summer, so it makes the most financial sense to make an investment in May, June, or July.
Calling an HVAC company for a heater inspection will also provide you with the opportunity to invest in a small tune-up. As a Colorado resident, you’re surely aware of how expensive it can be to heat your home throughout the winter, and most of our customers are happy to see their heating and cooling bills lowered, even if it’s only by a few dollars each month. Investing in a heating tuneup during the summer can improve your heater’s efficiency by up to 20 percent.
After you’ve had your heater inspected and tuned up, you should focus on keeping the unit and the area around it clean until the weather begins to cool. Dirt is one of the most common culprits when it comes to heater damage, and you’d be surprised at how much dirt can accumulate in and around your heater. If you have a forced-air heating system, inspect your ducts and ventilation system at least once during the summer. Vacuum any dust, dirt, or other forms of debris that you find, as these can lower the quality of the air inside your home.
When it comes time to turn your heater back on, it becomes even more important to take care of the system. Change your air filters regularly, as a clogged filter will lead to poor air quality and higher heating bills. You’ll want to change the filter once a month, and if you’re not sure how to change the filter, just call one of Pure Air Solutions’ HVAC technicians for assistance. If your HVAC system has an outdoor compressor, then you’ll want to ensure that it’s unobstructed and free of debris. Vacuum any dirt that has accumulated and closely inspect the unit for signs of damage. If you discover any noticeable signs of damage, call an HVAC technician right away for an additional inspection.
We hope that this guide will help you make the most of your heating system, even when it’s not in use this summer. Pure Air Solutions is proud to provide heating repairs, heater installations, and many other HVAC services in Denver and the surrounding areas. We’ve helped hundreds of Colorado residents find heating and cooling solutions that fit their needs and budgets, and we’d love to do the same for you. Get in touch with us by phone or through or website today to learn more!