While we hate to see the warm weather of summer drift away, many people look forward to the fun of winter and all the cold weather activities it brings. Of course, these activities are more pleasurable knowing that at some point, it will be time to enter a warm home after the fun. However, there are times that the warmth is elusive due to a heating system that is not working properly. It is at those times that one begins to wonder what could have been done different to the heating system to ensure it proper working in a time of need. Thankfully, there are a number of proactive measures you can take to see that when Old Man Winter raises his head and knocks the temperatures to cold, you can have a reliable heat source.
Be sure to check and change out your filter for better air quality and a more efficient heating. Switch the thermostat from cooling to heating. Sounds obvious but there’s always that one person who thinks their heater is broken only to discover it is user error. Take the window screens and install storm windows. If you have a heating system with a furnace in the chimney, take time to have the chimney and fireplace inspected. Be sure the burners are free of debris or dust. Does your furnace use oil – be sure it has what it needs. Check the thermostat to ensure it works properly and that the temperature it is set for and how warm the home actually gets match up. This would also be a good time to have a programmable thermostat installed. Be sure that all the heating vents are completely uncovered so that air flow is not prevented. Check your supply registers to see that air blows out appropriately. Vacuum your air vents and ducts. Remove the vents covers and remove any dust. Inspect the outside exhaust flue to ensure that it is free of obstructions like branches or animal nests. Inspect the blower belt for any cracks. Turn the power off between the furnace and circuit breaker then check the belt. If it is damaged or showing signs of wear and tear, replace it now- rather than waiting to see if there is a problem. Having a home heating system that is working properly and when you need it, is vital. Don’t overlook the preventative maintenance needed to ensure that your home is warm – whenever you need it. Talk to a local HVAC company to learn how you can keep your home comfortable all year long. Sure, it will take time to do the work, but it is time well spent!