Heating Maintenance Tips
Routine maintenance for your heater is important for several reasons. As a homeowner, there are many things you can do to help maintain your heating system, which includes maintaining optimal efficiency levels. Here are just a few of the important maintenance and efficiency tips for homeowners to remember:
Insulate & Seal Your Home
Adding insulation or sealing off areas with air leaks can greatly improve the performance of your heating system. Upgrading to double–paned glass in your windows, or installing storm doors are other ways to conserve heat. Electrical outlets and light fixtures can also be a hidden source of heat loss; however, make sure you know what type of insulation to use for spaces around electrical work. Check with your electrician, or call a professional home energy contractor before you start adding insulation near electrical components.
Clean and Inspect Your Heater
While changing or cleaning air filters once a month is an important task, vacuuming and cleaning out your vents is equally as important in maintaining proper airflow (this also improves indoor air quality). You can also check the overall condition of your heater occasionally to look for any obvious signs of damage, such as cracked or corroded components. It’s always a good idea to test the thermostat occasionally to make sure your heating system is working properly. Call us if you have questions about any of these tasks, and we’ll be happy to provide our expert advice.
Annual Heating Inspections & Maintenance Visits
While you can perform many minor preventative maintenance tasks, it’s also important to call us to schedule a yearly maintenance exam. During this visit, our qualified technicians will provide a detailed inspection and professional cleaning that allows us to more effectively examine and lubricate the major components. If you are thinking of replacing your current system, we can also provide recommendations and about your replacement options and the best new system for your home. Call us any time if you have further questions or concerns.
More Energy–Saving Tips
Keeping your home at reasonable temperatures can greatly reduce your energy use. Installing programmable and digital thermostats will also minimize wasting energy by allowing for more precise temperature control based on your daily schedule. Zone control systems and heaters with variable–speed fans will also save energy. Any new high–efficiency heating system will be more efficient than models manufactured more than 10 years ago. Feel free to call us if you have questions or would like for one of our technicians to test the efficiency of your current heater. We are happy to help you decide on a heating system upgrade or provide more energy saving tips.