Winter is here again. Extreme temperatures possibly below negative zero will kick in hard. You do not want to be caught off-guard during this time. One of the ways through which you can keep the cold out of your home is by ensuring that you have an efficient heating system in place.
An efficient heating system simply means that the unit performs its function optimally without breaking your bank by autonomous power bills. The systems should also be in good condition and well-maintained by well known technicians or experts in this area. When all is said and done, you can have a look at a few things on your heating system to ensure it is in perfect working condition. Perfect enough to last you through the whole of the winter season.
Is my heating system really working?
One of the things you should look into your heating system is if the unit is really working. Try turning it on to confirm that it is still functional. Unless it is newly installed, you have a pretty good idea of how the unit functions in normal situations. In case the unit is not working, contact the HVAC technician to come and have a look at it. It is always advisable to check the heating unit way before winter and not at the last minute.
Check for any possible leakages from the system
Leakages are a common occurrence in heating systems. However, these leaks can be costly and thus need to be monitored and covered up by a professional technician. Any leaks from the unit leaves the room damp due to increased humidity. The leaks may be small and undetectable in some instances. In case you notice this, call you technician immediately. It may seem like a small issue but it is very significant when it comes to your power bill and health in the long run.
Check the power consumption of the unit when the unit is running
The heating system may be using a lot of power when it is switched on. This is may be the normal case for some devices, which is okay. However, units that register high power consumption levels should raise an alarm. This may be a sign that the unit is not functioning as it should. Please note that this does not mean that the heating system is dangerous. It implies that the unit is using more power than it should. You can monitor the usage before winter and if you notice any spikes in the levels of power consumption, consult with your technician.
Pay close attention to any weird noises and smells coming from the unit
Turn on your heating system and listen for any strange noises form the unit. This could be a good sign that the heating system is not functioning as it should. Some units develop the sounds after running for some time, not necessarily after firing up. The main causes for the sounds in the unit maybe form either electrical malfunctions and in most cases form mechanical malfunctions. Do not ignore these signs as they may be an indicator that the system may be dangerous.
You can also look out for strange smells coming from the heating system after you turn it on. For new heating systems, this is not something to worry about. Funny smells in old heating systems can be a sign of a possible malfunction that could have been due to poor storage. Hazardous gases may also be produced toxic to your respiratory system. Turn off the system and report this to your technician immediately.
Having a well-functioning heating system during the winter season has its long list of benefits. Your home stays warm for everyone, the power bills are in check and you need not worry about covering any medical bills. We cannot insist further on the importance of checking your heating units before winter kicks in.