Let’s face it, as the snow is coming down and the cold is keeping us up at night this time of year, you depend on your heater. Whether you’ve got a gas furnace, a heat pump, or some other kind of heating system, it’s basically a member of the family at this point. No, you don’t need to buy it holiday presents next year, but you should consider changing some things about your lifestyle that might be doing harm to your heater.
Ever since ancient times, there have been misconceptions and strange notions about how heat works. Misinformation and wrong facts are the bane of a high-efficiency heating system, which is why we are here to save the day! We’d like to talk about a few things that homeowners might unwittingly be doing that could be leading to a problem that will require expensive heating repair in Grand Rapids, MI!
1. Don’t Neglect Your Heater
First thing’s first, your heater relies on you just as much as you rely on it! Heating systems can make noises, give off odors, and otherwise show overt signs that they’re encountering trouble. Your job as a homeowner is to notice these signs, jot them down, and communicate them to a licensed professional so that they can fix it.
The truth of the matter is that we encounter a lot of heating systems that struggle from neglect. Life can get busy, and especially during the holiday season homeowners can start to forget about their heating systems and the sounds or odors that come from the machinery. We want you to stay vigilant so that your heating system can rely on you and our team can fix it without things getting too expensive!
2. Don’t Run Your Heater Too High
We know that when temperatures get very cold up here, it can be enticing to turn the thermostat up. After all, the warmer it gets indoors, the more comfortable you and your family will be, right? Well, not exactly…
Sometimes, when things are cold, turning the thermostat up might not change the temperature indoors. It might just force your heating system to run longer and harder without producing any better results. This will lead to a higher energy or fuel bill, a worn-out heating system, and a family that’s not quite happy.
Try cooking some warm food, moving around, or bundling up to retain heat without stressing out your heater!
3. Don’t Try to Fix Your Heater
While heating repairs are a necessary element of being a homeowner, they should never be done by you. The moment you open up your heating system, you could be causing a safety concern to become prominent in your house, as well as do more harm than good. Also, you might even void your warranty by opening up your system, since warranties are only kept in tact when repairs are performed by licensed and insured professionals.
If you encounter a problem with your heater, we can’t stress enough that you call us or any professional HVAC technician for help.