Like most homeowners, you likely rely on your heater to keep temperatures comfortable inside throughout the winter months. But the use of your heater puts wear and tear on it, which tends to decrease performance quality and increase the need for repairs. However, this doesn't mean that you have to sit around and hope that this year doesn't bring the need for costly heating inspections and repairs.
By taking steps to reduce the wear and tear that is put on your heater, you'll keep the system in good shape for years to come so it's less likely that you'll be faced with inconvenient breakdowns. Here are a few effective things you can do to reduce heater wear and tear and keep the need for repairs to a minimum while maintaining optimal comfort throughout the entire winter season:
Commit to Regular Maintenance
Scheduling a maintenance appointment for your heating system once a year is important, as it will enable you to catch small issues and address them before they become too serious or costly. In addition to yearly maintenance done by a professional, there are a few things you can personally do throughout the year to keep your heating system in optimal condition and therefore minimize wear and tear.
To ensure proper air flow and to keep your home's air clean, it's a good idea to clean your heater's filters once a month throughout the winter and once every three months the rest of the year. To do this, just remove the filters and wipe them down with a lightly soapy cloth and then rinse them clean and let them dry before putting them back in their place.
Another effective way to keep your heater in good working condition and optimize its efficiency is to dissolve the water heater sediment. You can do this by turning both the gas and cold water lines off and attaching a hose to the water heater's drain. Let all the water drain from the tank, and then close the drain and pour a dissolving product of your choice into the tank along with some clean water. Let the solution sit in the tank according to its instructions and then drain the tank again. Finish things off by pouring clean water through the tank to thoroughly rinse it, and then refill it for use before turning the gas and water lines back on.
Plant Some Trees in the Yard
By planting a few deciduous trees in the yard, you can naturally keep temperatures comfortable inside your home during the winter months as they'll lose their leaves and allow the sun to heat things up through the roof. And during the summer months, your trees will be full of large green leaves which increase curb appeal and naturally protects your home from the heat of the sun.
You can also expect your trees to increase your property value as well as decrease your energy costs as time goes on because your heater won't be needed as often. There are lots of beautiful deciduous options to consider implementing into your yard. Some options, such as cherry, may even eventually provide you with a little free food. Some interesting aesthetic options include:
- White Birch
- Lombardy Poplar
- Mancana Ash
Before planting your newly chosen trees, consider what their mature size will be and plant them far enough away from your home so that their branches won't damage your roof if they fall off when full grown.
These tips and tricks should be easy and affordable to implement, yet you can expect to have years of convenience and cost savings to enjoy as time goes on.
For more information and tips, contact local HVAC contractors, such as those at Allied Air Conditioning & Heating Corp, who can professionally service and help maintain your heater system.