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Preparations You Should Be Making For Heating Season Right Now!

gas-burnerSure, it’s still pretty hot out most days. Summer is coming to an end sooner than you think, however, which means you should be thinking about the kind of preparations you should be making for the fall and winter seasons. If you take these steps now, you won’t have to scramble to get them done when the weather starts to cool off. Check out the following tips to help get your home ready for heating season.

Schedule Preventive Maintenance

The kinds of issues that can seriously threaten your heating system are not the kinds of things you’re likely to notice before they can cause damage to the system. By the time you notice your heater is struggling with a problem, you’ll probably need to pay higher repair costs just to get the damage that’s already been done taken care of. In order to keep repair costs low and save yourself a bit of frustration, the best thing you can do for your heating system is to schedule preventive maintenance.

During a preventive maintenance appointment, your technician will closely examine each part of the heating system for any sign that there is some sort of problem present. Any issues can then be resolved before they have the opportunity to cause harm to the system. Regular preventive maintenance decreases the chances of a serious issue affecting your system by up to 90%, and can improve its energy efficiency by up to 40%. We recommend you have maintenance conducted on your heating system during the next several weeks, so that you can take full advantage of the added energy efficiency and be certain your system is in top condition.

Replace Your Heating System If Necessary

For some heating systems, no amount of repair or maintenance will be enough to keep them operating properly throughout the next heating season. If your heating system seems like it might be getting close to the end of its life, you should consider installing a new one before the season starts. Not sure if your heater needs replacing? The best way to tell for certain is to have a technician take a look at it for you. The following are just a few of the common signs it’s time to schedule that appointment:

  • High monthly costs: If your heater is costing more than you think it should to operate from month to month, then it might be time to install a new heating system. Heaters lose efficiency as they age, and start to operate for longer in order to compensate. This longer operating time is reflected in higher monthly costs.
  • Frequent need for repairs: If your heater breaks down every few years, that’s not really anything to worry about. If it breaks down every year, you probably need a new one. Old heaters have a lot of wear and tear on them, and it doesn’t take much for one of the parts in the system to break down under the strain. It is often much cheaper to install a new system than to continue repairing the old one.
  • Old age: If your heater is older than 15, then you should probably talk to a professional about installing a new one. Fifteen is the average lifespan for most heating systems, after which point, they will often collect a range of chronic issues that will make them more and more expensive to keep operating.

Switzerland Air Offers comprehensive heating maintenance and installation services in Lake Jackson, TX. Contact us today for an appointment.

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