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4 Things You Should Do During the Summer so Your Heating System Stays in Good Shape

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You're not going to be focusing much on the condition of your home's heating system in the summer months. After all, the last thing you want to think about at the peak of the summer heat is making your interiors hotter.

Nevertheless, there are a few things you might want to do over the summer to make sure that your home's heating system stays in good shape. The following are four things you might want to do during the summer that can help

Periodically test your heating system

You might want to test your heating system at least once at some point during the summer. Set your thermostat so that your heating system should go on. If your heating system doesn't respond properly, that's a sign that you need to contact your HVAC technician for service before the temperatures drop. 

You'll be prepared for the winter if you have any necessary service or repairs done on your heating system before the cold weather comes. With the right preparation, your heating system will work right away. 

Inspect the drainage hole

There should be a drainage hole that's part of your heating system. This drainage hole should be found at the very bottom of your heating unit. It is responsible for draining away any moisture that your heating system produces.

When you inspect your drainage hole, make sure that it is not clogged up as this could create problems for you when you need to use your heating system again. You should have any clogs cleared away before you start using your heating system again in the fall.

Keep the exterior of your furnace or heater clean

You should never let too much debris, clutter, or residue build up on or around any heating apparatus in your home. Clutter and residue that builds up will be harder to remove down the road. Regularly inspect the area around your heater and clean any residue off your heater to keep things clean. 

Make sure that you've turned off the pilot light

Many furnaces and heating systems include a pilot light. While the pilot light burns, any fuel that's necessary to supply your heating system burns as well.

One of the most important things you should do after spring comes and temperatures warm up is turn off your heating system's pilot light. There's no sense in having your pilot light burning throughout the summer since you won't be needing your heating system until temperatures drop again in the fall.