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You lock your doors to keep away threats to your home, and you take medicine to fight threats to your body, but what do you do to protect your heating system? If you want to rely on your heating system through many more Cheverly, Maryland, winters, catch these three threats early.

Lack of Maintenance

Perhaps the greatest threat to your heating system is neglecting professional HVAC maintenance. The day-to-day wear and tear that falls upon your HVAC system may not be an immediate concern, but over time, such wear can damage your system and reduce its lifespan.

Regular maintenance, however, can reduce the effects of wear and tear and expand your system’s lifespan through regular repairs and cleanings. You should schedule HVAC maintenance at least twice a year.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is one of the most common threats to your heating system. Short cycling occurs when your system spends most of the time in its startup phase, which drains more energy and strains the unit more than other stages. That drain and strain can permanently damage your system and reduce its lifespan, not to mention increase your utility bills.

Short cycling often happens when an HVAC system is too large for the space it heats or when there are problems with the system’s thermostat.

System Strain

Anything that strains your system is in some way a threat to its otherwise healthy operation. One of the most common causes of strain on heating systems is air leaks around your home and in your ductwork. Such leaks allow your heated air to escape and cooler air to enter the airflow, forcing your system to work harder to maintain comfort. You can look for air leaks around poorly sealed doors and windows, and call your local HVAC technician to check your ducts.

Mitigate these threats to your heating system early on, and you’ll preserve your heating system for many winters to come. To limit these threats with professional HVAC maintenance, call our team at Griffith Energy Services at 888-474-3391.

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