7 Heating MaintenanceĀ Tips for Winter at Home

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Heating maintenance is crucial for the fall and winter season. You want to prepare yourself for some of the coldest months of the year. You also don’t want to spend more money on energy bills and furnace repairs. Here are maintenance tips for keeping your warm home this winter.

Check Furnace Air Filters

Your furnace’s air filters should be checked every three to six months. Otherwise, dirt and debris will build up and the cut the air flow. Some of this dirt and debris can enter your home and affect your pets and children.

Blocked air filters can cause your furnace to work harder. It’ll take more energy to make your home warm as possible, resulting in higher energy costs. You should change your air filters once during the fall and winter months. This will not only improve your heating system but will also increase the air quality in your home.

Calibrate the Furnace Thermostat

You should calibrate the thermostat to set a temperature in your home that fits your needs. Even as your heating system continues to work, the thermostat may not be able to reach a balanced temperature in your home. In this case, a qualified technician can calibrate your thermostat for you. You can also use a programmable thermostat to have more control over the temperature in your home.

Test the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Testing your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a year is important for your family. It provides you with a sense of safety, especially if you experience a gas leak. Annual testing lets you know if the batteries need to be replaced or if your detectors need to be upgraded.

Keep Objects and Pets at a Safe Distance

Do you have a lot of clutter in your home? Do you have pets and children? If so, you want to keep them away from your furnace at all times. Keep all objects at least 18 feet away from your heating system to avoid accidental fires.

This is the case for flammable objects such as paper or kerosene. Keep your children and pets at a safe distance so they can avoid getting burned. A gate can keep them from accessing the room where your furnace is located.

Seal Any Air Leaks

Heat loss is often contributed to air leaks. This is especially common during the fall and winter months when you’re susceptible to air leaks in your attic, basement, and crawl spaces. Before winter arrives, conduct a home inspection and seal any possible leaks with heating tape. If not, you may pay more for heat that’s not entering your home.

Insulate the Pipes

When your pipes aren’t properly insulated, the temperature of the warm air from your furnace will cool down, giving you heat that’s not at your desired temperature. This can be resolved with foam pipe insulation. This ensures that you’re receiving the heat without any temperature loss before it reaches your vents.

Inspect the Pilot Light

The pilot light on your furnace should be adjusted to ensure that your heating system is running properly. You should also ensure that your furnace’s pilot is still a blue color. A yellow color indicates a presence of carbon monoxide in your home. You’ll need to contact a professional contractor from Canberra Heating and Cooling who can help resolve this situation.