Winter is just around the corner in Green Cove Springs, FL, which means it’s almost time to turn on your heater. However, it’s not wise to turn it on for the first time this winter without checking it over first. Below are five things you should do before turning on your heater this winter.

Schedule an Inspection

The first thing you should do before you turn on your heater for the winter is to make an appointment for a professional inspection. A service technician will inspect the blower belt, flush out the drain line, and check other elements of your heater. They will also check to see if your heater needs any repairs.

Clean Around the Unit

The next preparation step you should do is to clean the unit before you turn it on. This increases the unit’s heating efficiency as any dirt or dust buildup blocks the flow of air. Another benefit to cleaning the heating unit is that you don’t have to deal with unpleasant odors from dust or dirt burning off the heater.

Change the Air Filter

Your heater’s air filter removes dust, pollen and other pollutants, and prevents them from lowering your indoor air quality. A dirty air filter restricts airflow, making it difficult for your heater to warm your home properly.

Clear Around the Vents

Make sure nothing blocks the heater’s vents to ensure proper airflow and avoid fires. Also, take this time to wipe the vents with a damp cloth and clean any dust that has collected.

Check Room Airflow

One of the last things you should check is the airflow in each room. Examine the vents in each room to ensure they’re fully open unless it’s a room you don’t wish to heat. Inspect the ducts and clean them as far back as you can to see if you need any air duct repairs.

Even if you don’t see anything wrong with your heater, it’s always best to have it inspected and maintained. Contact Cool R Us, Inc A/C & Heating today to have preventative maintenance performed on your heating system before costly repairs take you by surprise.

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