Much like our air conditioners, our central heating systems also need regular maintenance. We just don’t think about them as often because we live in a very nice temperate climate where we seldom boot our heaters. So when you find yourself turning up that thermostat on a chilly winter night on Sanibel, here are some things to check first in case you realize that your central heating system is not running. First thing to check is the power. I know it’s simple, but it’s one of those things that we sometimes forget to check first. Look at the electrical panel and make sure that it’s turned on, and reset the breaker if necessary. If it’s running, but not heating as efficiently as you expect it to, check the air filters and make sure they are clean. Also, it’s a good idea to have your ducts regularly cleaned so that they conduct air most efficiently. Any dirt and debris that builds up in them, can significantly reduce the efficiency of your system. Sometimes, poor insulation throughout the home can also lower the heater’s efficiency. Check all doors, windows and any sources for outside air and make sure that they are sealed. Also, when it comes to regular maintenance, it’s a good idea to have your contractor check the electrical circuitry of the system. Sometimes these systems overheat due to common electrical problems. Even though we use them less than our air conditioners, we need them for at least a couple of those cold days out of the year.
As always, thanks for reading,
Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air Conditioning company on Sanibel, FL. They also own and operate an island-based electrical service company Sanctuary Island Electric, Inc. Bryan can be reached at Bryan@Sanibelair.com