The temperatures are finally dropping here in Cypress, Texas, and many residents are thinking of getting their heater ready for the upcoming cooler weather. At Enviromax Services, Inc., we understand that a comfortable home is important, no matter what time of year it is, so we’ve laid out some tips to help get your heater ready for the cooler months:
- Clean Your Heater
Before you clean your furnace, be sure to keep safety in mind by ensuring both the furnace and circuit breaker are turned off. Once complete, it is safe to begin getting your furnace ready for the falling temperatures. Remove the sides and gently clean the fan with a wet cloth. Wipe away dirt, dust, and other grime from the sides of the unit, and finish by cleaning the blower fan chamber and the bottom of the combustion chamber. Once complete, do a final check of the area to ensure that there are no obstacles in front of your freshly-cleaned heater, as this could obstruct the normal function of the unit.
- Clean All Registers
Once the heating unit is cleaned, it’s also a good idea to clean all registers within your home. This allows warm air to flow efficiently throughout your home, as dust buildup on the registers makes it hard for the air to flow the way it should. Remove the registers and take some time to inspect for any debris that may have accumulated over time. Vacuum any extra dust off of the register’s grills and replace them once finished. As an additional benefit, this step can also lead to your home accumulating less dust.
- Check for Problems with the Heater
For those with a gas-burning heater, rust and corrosion can pose a serious problem. In fact, if you notice rust accompanied with cracks or peeling paint, it can indicate a carbon monoxide leak. If you notice any of these signs, immediately call a certified Cypress, Texas, HVAC professional to safely address the problem. It’s also a good idea to install carbon monoxide sensors to keep you safe throughout the season, regardless of whether you notice problems with your heater.
- Inspect the Pilot Light
If you own a gas-burning heater, be sure to give the pilot light a quick inspection while the unit is running. Typically, you should see a clear, blue flame with a yellow tip. If you notice any visual variations, such as a flickering flame or a fully-yellow flame, it’s time to call a professional HVAC company, as your heater isn’t working as efficiently as it should be.
While the cold time of year may not last long in Texas, it’s a top priority for many Cypress, Texas, homeowners to stay warm and comfortable when temperatures are low. To get your heater ready, give Enviromax Services Inc. a call at (713) 466-7555.