During those long, lazy days of summer and the brisk ones of autumn, the furthest thing from your mind is probably your home heating system, and who can blame you? Sadly, pretending that winter won’t come will not keep the cold away. More than anything else, you need to make sure that your home heating system is ready for Old Man Winter’s next onslaught. Here are some tips that can help to keep you warm even on the most frigid January day.
Reach Out for Help
If you’re like most of us, you have no idea what to do when it comes to your furnace. That’s where your reputable heater repair company can be an invaluable resource. Each fall, make an appointment for a home visit with a heater technician. They will thoroughly inspect your furnace to ensure that it will run safely, cleanly and efficiently. The heater repair company technician will change your filter, clean the furnace and check for harmful gases and leaks. If you can afford it, ask them to also clean the furnace’s ducts.
Change Your Filters
Replacing your filters on a regular basis can do wonders to prolong the life and effectiveness of your heating system. They can be purchased at any big box home goods or hardware store and are very inexpensive, particularly if you stock up on them in the warmer months when they are not as much in demand. Changing them is simply a matter of sliding the old one out and exchanging it for the new. Once a month, take a look at the filter, changing it if it looks dirty.
Before turning your heating system on for the first time, take a look around to make sure that there are no papers, debris or other flammable items nearby. Also, inspect your air ducts and return vents to be sure that nothing is sitting on top of them, thereby blocking their effectiveness.
Fill Up on Fuel
If you have a gas furnace, don’t wait until the first cold snap to buy your fuel for the year. If you do, you will find that the prices might be ridiculously high. Instead, plan to buy what you need in the summer or fall.
Bleed Your Valves
Here’s a word to those of you with hot-water radiators. Before you turn them on for the first time, bleed the valves. Do this by slightly opening the valves and then closing them when you first see water.
Heed This Important Safety Tip
Make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. Many run on batteries that need to be changed once a year or so, and many models have a “test” button that enables you to try out the system to ensure that it is working. These inexpensive systems have saved many lives, and it is in your and your family’s best interests to ensure they are working properly.
Like it or not, winter is on its way. Don’t be caught off guard with an inefficient or inoperable furnace. Follow these simple steps and cozy up to winter in the best way possible.