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Heating System Maintenance Tips: The Homeowners Guide

19 December 2018

As a homeowner, heating system maintenance is one of many different things that need to be considered and prioritised for a happy and healthy living environment. The efficiency and reliability of your central heating not only impacts your day-to-day quality of life, but it can also play a vital role in protecting yourself from illness due to allergens or poor quality air.

In this post, we’ll discuss a few of the simple yet effective ways to maintain your heating system, as well as the importance of hiring a reputable plumber if you experience any severe problems.

Take Good Care of Your Heat Pump

Taking good care for your heat pump is an essential aspect of your heating system maintenance to ensure that it works efficiently, which is especially important during the chillier months. If it’s been a while since you’ve checked the condition of your heat pump, or you just want to make sure your heating is ready for the rest of winter, it’s crucial to check that it hasn’t been damaged or has malfunctioned.

To prevent heating system issues caused by your heating pump, take these simple measures to make sure that it’s working correctly:

  • Check that the return air is travelling without blockages and the airflow is consistent
  • Regularly give your outdoor coils a clean to ensure that dirt and debris don’t cause blockages
  • Clean and maintain the surrounding area of your heat pump to make sure that any debris is removed and that dirt doesn’t make its way into the heart of your pump

Clean or Replace Filters

Neglecting your heating system maintenance not only increases the likelihood of malfunctions and inefficiency, but it can also affect you and your family. Pumps often contain dirty filters that circulate dust and allergens throughout your home. Regularly replacing the filters — once a month is a good rule of thumb — will provide your home with a higher quality of air, which will be beneficial if you’re living with people who suffer from allergies or have respiratory issues.

Clean the Ducts

Although it’s essential to clean or replace your home’s air filters on a regular basis, cleaning your ducts is something that can be put off for a while longer. With that said, if your home is subject to cigarette smoke and animal fur, or prone to visible mould, your best bet to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your home and its inhabitants is to use a professional duct cleaning service.

Hire a Professional

When it comes to crucial aspects of your home — especially something as important as staying warm during the colder months — it’s always a good idea to hire a professional. Heating system maintenance will go a long way to ensure that your home is a warm and healthy place to live, but if a malfunction should occur, you should seek the help of a reputable central heating specialist.

While the other tips mentioned in this post are ideal for general maintenance and as a quick fix, ensuring long-term efficiency by repairing more severe problems will require the attention of a qualified and experienced professional. With us now well and truly in the colder months of the year, it’s vital to make sure that you and your family have access to reliable heating, which means it’s essential to fix any issues as and when they arise.

Are you having problems with your central heating or require more information about heating system maintenance? Homecure Plumbers offers a wide range of services, including central heating and boiler installation, and our team is also available for emergency plumbing call-outs. Contact us today on 0800 020 9222.

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