Winter in the Richmond, Virginia, area may not be brutal, but it can still be hard on your heating system. You probably know that it’s highly beneficial to have your system serviced before cold weather comes. What you may not know is that your heating system requires attention during the season as well. Here are a few ways you can provide heating maintenance to keep your heater going strong even after winter’s icy grip sets in.

Change Your Furnace Filter

No matter your knowledge level, changing your furnace filter is one of the best do-it-yourself maintenance tasks you can perform. A fresh filter keeps the air flowing freely through your system and ensures you get maximum efficiency. A quality filter may also help to improve your indoor air quality.

How often your filter should be changed depends on the type of filter you use. In general, most filters will last between one and three months before becoming too clogged. With that in mind, it’s best to inspect your filter at least once per month and swap it out as needed. You may need to check it more frequently during particularly cold weather.

Inspect Your Burner Flames

Another simple and essential mid-winter maintenance task is to inspect your furnace’s burner flames. This easy step can reveal important information about the condition of your furnace. To get started, simply remove the burner cover, power your furnace on and raise the thermostat setting.

Note the appearance of your burner flames. Steady, evenly distributed blue flames indicate strong and efficient combustion. Flames that are flickering, uneven or any color other than blue indicate improper and potentially unsafe combustion. In that case, turn your furnace off immediately and contact a professional technician.

You don’t need to be a master technician to check that your heating system is working at its best. The simple tasks above can help you save money and potentially avoid serious problems down the road. For more on how you can get the most out of your heating system, check out AirMaxx Mechanical’s HVAC maintenance services or call (804) 409-9048.

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