Spring is finally here and the weather is starting to warm up. If you haven't used your heater in a few weeks, it's time to start the weatherization process. Your heater needs to be properly cared for before summer arrives. Here are some things you need to do to get your heater ready for its summer vacation.
Do Shut Your Heater Down
If you're like most people, you think it's fine to leave your heater on during the summer. That's not necessarily the case. There are several problems you face by leaving your heater on during the summer. First, your pilot light continues to burn gas while the heater is on. That means you'll be using gas throughout the summer. Second, someone may accidentally turn your thermostat to heat. If that happens, you'll have a blast of unexpected hot air in your home. Last, leaving your heater on during the summer prevents a much-needed rest for your heater. That means your heater may wear out before it's time.
Do Keep the Area Clean and Clear
If you haven't inspected the furnace room of your home, now's the time to do that. Many people take that area for granted. That approach can put you and your family at risk. This is especially true if you use the furnace room for extra storage. Boxes and containers can pose a fire risk. This is especially true if you decide not to shut your heater down for the summer. To reduce the risk of fire, keep the furnace room clean and clear.
Do Plan for Maintenance
If you want to extend the life of your heater, plan for end-of-the-season maintenance. You could shut your heater off and forget about it until next fall. But, that's not the best thing to do for your heater. Your heater worked non-stop all winter long. During that time, key components may have worn out. The end-of-season maintenance lets you catch those problems early on. This is also a great time to have your air conditioner serviced. After all, your AC needs a tuneup before the temperatures get too much hotter.
Do Schedule Your Oil Delivery
If your heater operates on heating oil or propane, it's time to schedule the delivery. If you wait until fall, you may not remember in time. Unfortunately, that could leave you waiting even longer for your delivery. Schedule the delivery before you need it. That way, it will be available when you do.
Contact a company that offers heating system maintenance services to learn more.