With the temperatures starting to drop, many of you have started turning up your thermostats in order to keep warm during the cold Ohio Valley winters.
“What you want to make sure is that your system is going to be there to keep you comfortable and safe,” said Ed Ehni with Mountain Aire Heating and Air Conditioning.
Ehni says the best way to be sure your heater is working effectively is simple, just turn it on.
“Before you start getting that very very cold weather turn it on to make sure it’s going to function properly and to make sure there’s no carbon monoxide,” said Ehni.
Besides just turning on your heater, the filters you use also play a roll in not only keeping you safe but saving you money.
“Filters need to be changed probably around every two or three months,” said Ehni. “If you change those filters on a regular basis it’s going to help with your comfort and it’s going to save you money because the air will flow more freely.”
Another concern with not using your heater in months is the potential for mold build up during the summer, but according to Ehni it’s more than likely not something you need to worry about.
“Those heat strips are going to burn off a little bit of dust and that’s usually what you’re smelling when you turn it on for the first time,” said Ehni.
For those of you who want to save money by potentially not using their heaters, Ehni suggest a better alternative.
“You’re maybe saving a dollar or two a day, especially now. So, to spend a few dollars for changing your filters, that’s a good investment,” said Ehni.
When checking your filter for reference, if it’s starting to look covered in dust, it’s time for a change.