How to Avoid a Heating System Emergency

The threat of snow and ice may be gone for now in our area. But, chances are, you’re still likely relying on your heating system to do its job in keeping you warm. When a heating system emergency or a complete breakdown happens, it won’t be fun! It is definitely not something you want to experience as a homeowner. This can be stressful! You might be forced to come up with a hefty amount for a repair or full furnace replacement. Not to mention, you’ll be cold! Thankfully, you can avoid this scenario.

#1: Keep your system professionally maintained.
Preventative maintenance is important! Just like your car needs regular oil changes and your teeth need routine cleanings at the dentist, so does your furnace system need to be tuned up. Lack of professional preventative maintenance is actually one of the most common reasons for emergency heating system service calls, too. During these appointments, our experienced team of professionals at Specialty Heating & Cooling will check the internal components of your machine, clean or replace filters, and make sure there are no outstanding issues that could pose a problem in the future. Preventative maintenance helps with improved comfort, better air quality, energy savings, and peace of mind knowing that we have taken a close look at everything.

#2: Don’t try to repair the system yourself.
Heating systems are complex machines.  They need professional servicing! No matter how handy you are with other machines, heating system work can be dangerous. Especially if you don’t have the proper training. If something is repaired incorrectly, it could end up costing you more down the road to be fixed.

#3: Don’t put off a heating system replacement.
Is your system more than 15 years old? If so, it’s probably on its way out. An old, outdated system is not energy efficient and will be more prone to breakdowns. Not sure if your system has more life in it or not? Our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling will help you determine how long you have and what new replacement options are available within your budget. We know this is a big investment and requires some planning and research. Let us help you find which one is right for you!

Contact us today for information on schedule your maintenance appointment or to talk to us about replacement options!

 

How to Keep Your Heating System Working in Cold Weather

We have seen some wet and cold days already this winter, but the coldest parts of winter are likely on their way soon. That means we will be relying on our heating systems to keep our homes warm. Unfortunately, many people will experience some performance problems with their furnace when the temperatures start dropping. In order to avoid any issues or a full furnace breakdown, here are some ways that can help you keep your system working well in the cold weather.

#1: Keep your filters cleaned and changed.
Your furnace needs all the help it can get to keep it functioning at peak efficiency. Clean air filters can help with this, keeping the system from working harder than necessary. In addition, they will also help keep the air you breathe cleaner. Air filters help capture dirt, dust, debris, and other particles that make their way into your home.

#2: Use a programmable thermostat.
A programmable thermostat allows you to set your home’s temperature to what is comfortable, even if you’re away from home. For example, if you know you will be gone for most of the day at work, don’t heat your home like you would when you’re there. Instead, program the thermostat to turn down a couple degrees, then program it to turn back on before you get home so it’s at your desired temperature. Programmable thermostats save homeowners hundreds of dollars each year in energy and can help keep your furnace from working overtime when it’s not necessary.

#3: Keep vents clear.
Sure, your new recliner might look great on that one wall in your living room, but if it’s covering up a vent, it could cause an issue. It will not only cause the room to be unevenly heated, but it also puts pressure on your furnace to heat an area that is closed off. Be sure your vents are clear from furniture, drapes, rugs, or other household items that could prevent airflow.

Your home is your place of rest and relaxation and keeping it at a comfortable temperature during the winter is key. Instead of stressing about the upcoming forecast of possible colder temperatures and snow, call our experienced team at Specialty Heating and Cooling for a preventative maintenance appointment. We will ensure your system is working at its best and we will talk to you about any issues that may need to be addressed. We’re not comfortable until you are!