Winter is about here, and that means lots of work for your heating system. You want the best performance out of your boiler, furnace or heat pump. You also want to make sure it’s reliable, safe, and running at top efficiency.
Keeping the air filter in your furnace changed regularly is simple maintenance that provides a lot of payback. Air filters ensure your indoor air quality is healthy, and they also contribute to how energy efficient your unit runs.
Be sure to start the heating system with a new, clean air filter. During the heavy heating months, we recommend changing your filter every 30 – 45 days.
Do a test run of your thermostat and all your heat zones to make sure everything is working properly. You don’t want to find out you have a problem when it’s below zero outside. Make sure your thermostat kicks on right away when you turn it up. Check all your registers for warm air. If your heat doesn’t seem to be working properly – now is the time to call a licensed heating company for a checkup.
During the warm months, many of us move furniture and other obstructions in front of heat registers. This can block the flow of warm air and prevent even heat from moving throughout your home. Blocked vents restrict heat flow which makes your system work harder than it needs to. Be sure to move anything that is very close to, up against, or laying on top of any of your heating system elements so your system can run efficiently and safely.
If your heating system vents out a chimney, or you use a woodstove or fireplace, make sure your chimney is inspected and cleaned every year. Fallen leaves and debris, bird nests, and other obstructions can build up in the chimney. These blockages can lead to extremely dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as being serious fire hazards. Take this chore very seriously!
Running the heat isn’t very helpful if you are letting it go out your windows and doors! You will feel a lot more comfortable in your home, and about your heating bill, if you keep the heat inside.
When winter temperatures plummet, your heating systems run for hours. Most heating systems run on combustion which creates very toxic gas known as carbon monoxide (CO). It’s called the “silent killer” for a reason.
Be sure you have carbon monoxide detectors, as well as fire detectors, installed throughout your home. Change the batteries every 6 months, and push the “test” buttons to make sure the alarms are working properly.
It’s important to have your heating system inspected and tuned up every year. A lot of heating issues can go undetected by homeowners, but if they are caught early can save a lot of headaches. You always want the peace of mind knowing that your heating system is working safely, reliably, and efficiently.