Preparing Your Heating System for Winter
As summer slowly draws to a close, we all have to start considering the upcoming winter months. Sad, we know. But, a little preparation never hurt anyone, and you just might thank yourself for the foresight when the cold rolls in. After all, no one wants to be left freezing without warning. Regardless of how you heat your home, here are a few recommendations to get your heating system up to snuff before the chilly temperatures arrive.
1.) Keep Vents Clear
An often overlooked step when preparing a home for winter is checking air vents throughout the house. Often times, a home struggles with inefficient heating because owners have furniture obstructing, or completely blocking, an air vent. When a vent is blocked, proper heating cannot be provided. A blocked vent can also cause a furnace to overheat. Another thing to be wary of is closing vents in unused rooms. Homeowners do this under the belief they are saving money, but closing off vents reduces healthy air flow, can cause ducts to leak, and could lead to excess moisture and mold growth. In especially bad cases, closing off vents can crack your heating system’s heat exchanger, which can cause carbon monoxide to leak into your home.
2.) Replace Filters
Replacing your furnace filters should be one of the first things you do if you haven’t done so in several months. Dirty filters are a common cause of malfunctions in HVAC units. Additionally, if you stay on top of replacing filters, you’ll keep the air quality of your home up, costs down, and the overall system in top shape. It’s often suggested that homeowners get filters replaced every three months. Be sure to give your vents a look every month to three months to check on their status.
3.) Clean. Clean. Clean.
When warmer weather comes around, most people aren’t heating their homes. If they are, it’s to a much lesser degree. When your furnace sits unused for a time, things like dust, dirt, and other debris can gather both on and inside of your furnace. Not cleaning your furnace before turning it on can sometimes result in issues, and can leave the burners struggling to function properly. Schedule your annual cleaning in the spring, and don’t forget to take advantage of our boiler cleaning special!
No one wants to be rushing around to fix their heating system when the cold weather arrives. Stay one step ahead of the game by examining filters regularly, and checking to make sure vents are free from obstruction. For all of your heating, cooling, and plumbing needs in the area, be sure to contact Daigle Plumbing & Heating. You can reach us at 603-434-6353, or by filling out our online contact form!