preparing heating systems

Winter is fast approaching and you might not be the only one who isn’t ready to welcome in the cold weather – what about your heating system?

After sitting dormant for the warmer months, your heating system may need some attention. In some cases, you may even need a new heating system. It’s much better to take action now before you’re left shivering.

Stay toasty all season with these six tips on preparing heating systems for winter.

1. Change the Filters

If you have slacked off with filter maintenance, now is the time to make it a priority. It is recommended to clean or replace filters monthly during the coldest time of year. The more your system is in use, the dirtier the filter gets.

Not only does it increase the efficiency and prolong the life of your heating system, but changing your filters regularly also reduces your energy bill.

2. Remove Fire Hazards

Ensure that any clutter that has accumulated around your heating system is cleared away. This is extremely important to ensure the safety of you and your family, as it creates a fire hazard.

Your furnace is not a shelf or storage space. Keep all items a minimum of 3 feet away.

3. While Preparing Heating Systems, Check Your Alarms Too

Speaking of fire hazards, checking your fire and carbon monoxide detectors should be included in the process of preparing heating systems for winter. Ensure that the batteries are still working or replace them to play it safe.

If your home is not equipped with carbon monoxide detectors, have them installed. Carbon monoxide poisoning is directly related to heating systems and the majority of exposure cases occur in the winter. Even a small leak in your boiler or furnace can emit a deadly amount of carbon monoxide.

4. Clean Your Vents and Pipes

There are a few key areas to keep clear both indoors and outdoors. Check that drapes, carpeting, or furniture are not blocking any of the vents inside your home.

Head outdoors to make that your pipes and unit itself is not blocked by any debris. Be sure to clear snow and ice after any weather events as well. The buildup can restrict airflow as well as prevent the unit from defrosting.

5. Don’t Forget About the Thermostat

Did you know that your thermostat controls nearly half of your energy bill? If you don’t have one already, consider upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat. This allows you to set different temperatures for different times of the day, such as during work hours when you are out of the house or while you are sleeping.

6. Call a Professional

You should have your heating system inspected annually by a qualified HVAC technician. Regular heater maintenance extends its lifespan, helps prevents costly service calls, and keeps the system working to its full potential.

Hiring a reputable heating service is important. Be sure to check that they are fully licensed and insured with factory-trained technicians.

Don’t Get Caught in the Cold

Preparing heating systems before winter sets in helps reduce unexpected issues that leave you inconvenienced and uncomfortable. Plus, it’s easier on your wallet to prevent than it is to repair.

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