Indoor Air Quality
Get Your Furnace Ready for the Winter Season with These Simple Steps
Your furnace may have served you well over many years, but that doesn’t mean that it’s invincible. Before the days start to get really cold, you’re going to want to make sure that your furnace is up to the task of keeping your home warm this winter.
Winter is coming, and that means it’s time to get your home ready for the coldest months of the year. Icicles are pretty charming when they’re outside, but not so much when they’re forming on your mantelpiece. If you’re one of the many homeowners who has a furnace installed in their home, you’re going to need to take a few steps to make sure that it’s up to the stress of the winter season. Let’s take a look at those steps now.
Schedule Preventive Heating Maintenance
Prompt repairs are all well and good, but you’re still giving heating problems time to damage your system if you just wait for them to announce themselves. Some problems don’t even have outward symptoms, unless you count your furnace giving a final gasp before breaking down. You don’t want that to happen, especially in the middle of the cold season. So, schedule preventive heating maintenance!
Preventive heating maintenance allows us to find and fix furnace problems before they progress far enough to threaten the health of your furnace. As long as you schedule preventive maintenance at least once a year, we can make sure that it’s in top shape for the heating season.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
The thermostat is like the brain of your furnace. Without it, even a perfectly healthy heating system wouldn’t be very useful. While many people have their thermostats repaired or replaced if they have to, few ever voluntarily upgrade them. Upgrading your thermostat can actually have a huge effect on the energy efficiency of your furnace. In fact, advances in thermostat technology can not only save you money, but help you maintain a more comfortable climate when the weather outside turns nasty. If you haven’t had a new thermostat installed in the past 15 years or so, now might be the perfect time to do it.
Keep an Eye Out
Even with annual heating maintenance, sometimes furnace problems slip through anyway. While using your furnace to keep warm this winter, keep your eye and ears open for signs that your system is having problems. Strange noises coming from the furnace could indicate all sorts of issues, from a clogged air filter to a dirty burner assembly. Drops in output are another common indicator that your furnace needs some help. If you have any reason to believe that your furnace is in trouble, don’t hesitate to call a professional right away.
Keep Warm This Holiday Season and Beyond with Professional Heating Maintenance
There’s nothing worse than walking into a cold home at the end of a long day or waking up to a chilly house. One of the best ways to avoid this scenario is to make sure your heating system has been properly maintained by a trained professional. Heating maintenance isn’t just a quick once–over of your heating system. It is a full tune–up designed to ensure that your heater works optimally throughout the fall and winter months.
Why Is Professional Heating Maintenance a Full Tune–Up?
When a trained and certified professional performs heating maintenance on your heating system, he or she will conduct a number of tasks that help improve the overall performance of your heating system. Some of these tasks include:
- A thorough inspection of your heater
- Cleaning of the components
- Change of the air filter
- Lubrication of all moving parts
- Small repair (adjusting of worn fan belts, repair of fraying wires)
- Check of all electronic components
- Check of all connections, including fuel valves
- Check of the flue (if applicable)
- Check of the refrigerant level (for heat pumps)
- System testing
Why Is All This Necessary?
The goal of every maintenance appointment is to make your system more energy efficient, better able to reach your set temperature and operate well. In order to accomplish this, an in–depth appointment is required. For instance, the thorough inspection allows your technician to detect any existing or developing problems and get ahead of them. Small issues like a worn fan belt can be taken care of during the appointment. Should a bigger issue be discovered, such as a refrigerant leak, you’ll be alerted by your technician so that you can schedule repair. Lubrication of all moving parts is important because if friction develops, the moving parts in your system can grind, which will lead to serious problems. Proper, safe venting is critical for any combustion heating system, and this is what your heating expert will look for when inspecting the flue of your furnace or boiler system.
Can I Do It Myself?
Performing maintenance at the level you and your heater deserve really requires an expert. Being handy just isn’t enough to qualify you to perform professional–level maintenance on your heating system. And you don’t want to run the risk of creating a potential repair issue. Instead, let a seasoned expert with the right training and certification get your heating system ready for the fall and winter months.