Winter Heating Mistakes: No Tune-Up, Filters, Vents

Winter Heating Mistakes: No Tune-Up, Filters, Vents

As we enter some of the coldest months of the season, home and building owners throughout Utah are looking to ensure their spaces will be warm and comfortable over the winter. This involves a few basic concepts in most cases, and just as important as knowing what to do in these scenarios is often knowing what not to do.

At Airtime Heating & Cooling, we're happy to offer the very best heating repair, heating installation and other HVAC services to various Bluffdale and surrounding clients, ensuring comfort throughout the year - particularly during this winter season. We've seen every possible mistake home or building owners can make this time of year, and we'll help you steer clear of them and take the proper actions to keep your system in great shape. This two-part blog series will go over some of the most common such errors and how to avoid them.

Failure to Order Fall Inspection

One winter heating mistake we see all too often may have already been made: Failing to order a fall inspection. Fall is the prime time for maintenance, before temperatures get too cold that any malfunctioning parts or issues can become compounded.

During this tune-up, an HVAC technician will inspect all aspects of your heating system and make sure it's ready to handle whatever winter throws at it. The technician may also identify small problems before they become major issues.

Meanwhile, if you've already gone without such a tune-up, it's still not too late - there are still several proactive maintenance steps you can take now to help your system get through the season unscathed. By taking these few simple measures and ensuring that inspections do occur prior to winter, you'll keep your heating elements in great shape moving forward.

Ignoring Your Filter

Filters need attention throughout the year, but they take on increased importance during winter. A clean filter helps ensure optimal air flow, keeping your system running efficiently and making sure the temperature in your home or building is consistent.

Neglecting this crucial element can cause your heater to work harder than necessary, leading to higher energy bills or worse, a broken system that needs repair. It doesn't take much to attend to filters, either - just change or clean them periodically.

Closing Vents

Some people believe that if they aren't using certain rooms or areas regularly, they can shut off the vents in those areas and save money. This may seem like a logical enough measure, but it actually results in an overall decrease of efficiency and puts extra strain on your system.

It's important to keep all vents open for optimal air flow, regardless if the area is being used or not. As for the sections of your home or building that you don't use often, it's best to keep the thermostat in those areas at a temperature just above freezing (around 40-45 degrees Fahrenheit) so pipes and other elements are protected from freezing during very cold nights.

In part two of our series, we'll cover a few more winter heating mistakes to avoid. In the meantime, if you have any questions or need help getting your system ready for this cold season, don't hesitate to reach out to the team at Airtime Heating & Cooling! We're here to help you stay warm and comfortable this winter.