Ah, Ole Man Winter. Soon to arrive, even in the Las Vegas valley... Jack Frost will come nipping at your, well you know. By now you're probably making sure your wardrobe is up to the task of keeping you toasty and warm. Can the same be said of your heater? Whether you're sure it is or not, this information will serve as a primer for making sure your heater is up for the challenge and the long haul.
Here are a couple of valuable tips that will make sure you're ready to combat the that chill factor...
1. You've probably heard it more times than you care to... Clean or replace the filter. Living without being able to breathe is impossible. Neither is your heater able to work without proper air flow. With a dirty filter your heater will work harder for much less the results.
2. Check the blower belt and oil the motor. An old and frayed belt with slip and make noise, not to mention not work very well, if at all. The same goes for the motor if it's not well oiled.
3. Make sure blower doors are closed. As your heater works materials such as carbon monoxide is produced. Keep this materials out of your house by making sure the doors to your heater's blower are closed.
4. Keep vents in your house open and unobstructed. Vents are an easy thing to ignore and cover with things like rugs and furniture. Unfortunately, this doesn't allow a heater to work very efficiently. Get the full benefit of your heater by keeping your vents open and unobstructed.
5. Make sure that the exhaust flue to the outside of your home is clean and in good condition. Keeping your home free of the combustion byproducts produced by your heater is important. This task is performed by the flue that runs from your heater to the outside. You can keep this operating at top efficiency by checking the flue by opening the cap and looking for debris. If your furnace is enclosed in a closet or some other area, open the door to make sure it gets plenty of cool air.
6. Remove all flammable materials from around your furnace. A furnace that is often sitting in a closet or some other enclosed area is often thought to be the perfect place for cleaning supplies and other materials. That's a bad idea. Cleaning materials and similar products often emit dangerous fumes that can explode when exposed to the heat of a furnace or similar appliance. Best to let your heater have a room of its own.
7. Make sure your furnace complies with all regulations. Different states all have different laws affecting heaters and other appliances. In Utah, for example, heaters must be approved for the operational compliance and carry a "green sticker." In California, earthquake regulations require that heaters, water heaters and other equipment is secured to the walls with metal straps. Find out what the regulations are in your area and make sure your heater is in compliance.
Making sure that your heater is following all of these guidelines not only ensure that it is legal, but that it is operating as maximum capacity, especially when you need it.
Have any doubts about your heater? Contact The Cooling Company to schedule a seasonal maintenance visit or call for assistance at (702)567-0707.