Much like all infrastructure or home fixtures; installation is exciting and replacements are a drag. However, maintenance often goes overlooked. They say that the average heating system lasts for only 12 to 15 years, but it can last much longer with proper care

While heating maintenance may not be the most glamorous topic, saving money is. Here’s how to maintain your heating system throughout the winter months!

1. Change Filters Regularly

If you take one tip away from this article, let it be this. Many homeowners don’t even know that their heating system has filters to change. In reality, they may need replacements multiple times a year.

Moreover, it largely depends on your heating system. Different appliances and manufacturers will have different intervals, so check your manual or contact an HVAC specialist to find out when you need to change your filters. When in doubt, switch them out!

2. Schedule Routine Maintenance

Much like servicing your car to prevent major repairs, you should have annual check-ups on your heating system. Yes, this will cost a little money for services, but it will save you in the long run.

Depending on your system, this routine maintenance may appear differently. Furnaces will require cleaning and filter replacements, heat pumps will require refrigerant checks, and others may require coil and condenser inspections. Regardless, a routine checkup could save you thousands in unnecessary repairs.

3. Keep It Clear

Keep your condensers, vents, baseboards, and all other units clear of obstructions, clutter, or debris. Keeping them clean and clear will ensure that they don’t have to work as hard, which will extend the life of your system.

Also, it will improve the air quality in your home substantially and lower your risk of fire hazards. Every once in a while, check your units to ensure they are clear of snow, ice, debris, or objects. Proper airflow is essential for all HVAC units.

4. Improve Your Insulation

Seriously, your insulation can make a world of difference. Even sealing cracks around your windows and doors can save around 25% on your heating bill. Improving your insulation will lower your energy bill every month and even increase your home value!

5. Monitor Your Energy Bills

If you notice a substantial increase in your energy bills (particularly heating), this could be a sign of an issue with your unit. Keep an eye on your energy bill to ensure that it isn’t working harder than it needs to. If you do notice an issue, talk to an HVAC professional right away!

Put These Heating Maintenance Tips to Use

Now that you know some important heating maintenance tips, put them to use and keep your heating system running for as long as possible. Nobody wants to replace their entire heating system, so keep yours in good shape and save yourself some money.

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