15 Proven DIY Tips to Winterize Your Home and Maintain Your Heating System
Most annual maintenance and heating system checks should be performed only by a qualified service technician from a professional company like Same Day Plumbing, Heating and Air. However, there are some things that you can do yourself, in addition to the professional service, to assure optimal performance of your heating system and prepare your home for the Winter season. Here are 15 tips:
- Ensure all ground mounted outdoor units are clear of restrictions like debris, clutter and weeds
- Keep pets away from the unit; pet urine can cause expensive damage
- Keep furnaces, chimneys and vents free of any obstruction. Watch out for birds, squirrels and other animals that tend to build nests in these areas.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector. Also, periodically open windows in winter to let fresh oxygen-rich air inside and let out any potential carbon monoxide.
- Do a self inspection of your home exterior to identify any cracks or gaps. Check for any air leaks or missing weather-stripping around your windows and doors and caulk those areas.
- Cover all the water pipes that run through your home with foam pipe insulation. This will make your home heating system more efficient and reduce chances of pipes freezing and bursting
- Wrap up your hot water cylinder and water tanks in roof cavity with warm insulation jackets to increase efficiency and put less stress on your boiler when the temperature dips.
- Keep your boiler on a low temperature continuously, even when you are away on a holiday or on weekends, to keep pipes warm enough and prevent freezing or pipe bursting.
- Inspect and vacuum clean air registers or baseboard radiators and keep them free of blockages like carpets or furniture to improve heat transfer.
- Power flush your radiators to remove build-up of black sludge and dirt in your old central heating system
- Check and ensure that the furnace, breakers and disconnects are turned on and running properly
- Set the boiler thermostat correctly depending on the time of year and your personal preference. The average temperature setting for the winter, it is 68°-72°.
- Inspect, clean, or change air filter once a month in your furnace and/or heat pump
- Keep your heating system lifespan guidelines in mind! The average lifetime of a furnace or a boiler is 15-20 yrs.
- Be vigilant and look for warning signs for potential problems. Warning signs include:
- Noises like crashing or banging with your furnace or strange smells
- Insufficient heating in all areas of your home
- More than usual longer time to heat up or cool down
- Rising utility bills
Our Same Day Service Heating System Check Technicians realize our handy homeowners may take matters into their own hands to try and cut costs. By doing your part to maintain your heating system, this will help save you prevent potential warning signals that require servicing.
However, for those warning signals that require a professional, we guarantee all work to be fixed right the first time or work until you’re satisfied at the most reasonable price. If you are experiencing issues as you work through the Do-It-Yourself checklist, and fear there may be a problem with your heating system, seek the knowledge and expertise of our experienced and professional heating system service technicians. Don’t wait! The longer you delay, the worse any underlying problems will get.
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Inspection, Cleaning, Maintenance and System Checks for Your Heating System
Winter is just around the corner. Have you taken adequate measures to ensure your heating system is running smoothly? It’s important to periodically system check to keep it operating efficiently. “The Law of Moving Parts” states “that moving parts someday will wear out, and like Murphy’s law, will wear out at the worst possible time, leaving you in the cold without heat. If you choose to ignore your heating system check up, it may unfortunately lead to major equipment breakdowns, especially during cold snaps. This can bring in much discomfort and inconvenience to your family when your home needs heating the most.
Why Is a Heating System Check Critical?
It is well-worth getting a timely inspection and system check done for your heating system to extend equipment life, save energy and protect your family from potential health risks.
Many HVAC experts say that up to 75 percent of no-heat calls in the winter are related to a lack of maintenance. Not being proactive, many homeowners neglect maintaining and tuning their heating system, and as a result end up spending on costly repairs for sudden HVAC unit malfunctions, stoppages or technical snags. Lack of routine system checks can also be a health hazard. Technicians say a furnace inspection can reveal carbon monoxide leaks (colorless and odorless) that cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and even death. An estimated 500 people die each year, and 15,000 people are taken to emergency rooms, because of carbon monoxide exposure and residential fires.
How Frequently Do You Need a Heating System Check?
HVAC experts recommend an annual professional heating system check to ensure it keeps running efficiently during the colder months.
All HVAC manufacturers recommend a system check twice a year, once for heating in Autumn and once for cooling in the Spring.
The most important aspect of an indoor or outdoor HVAC unit maintenance is keeping the airflow through filters, heat exchangers and coils free from any blockages like dust, dirt, and debris. Many also recommend changing the filter regularly, depending on the type of filter installed in your system. Disposable filters should be replaced once a month and washable filters be cleaned once a month.
Regular filter replacement helps your heating system operate at optimum levels and improve indoor air quality by keeping your home free from dust, allergens and germs. Service Technicians from professional HVAC companies such as Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, will recommend ideal filters, and cleaning and replacement schedules for your unit that can eliminate most common repair problems and significantly reduce the probability of a serious breakdown. This maintenance regime alone, if met regularly, will ensure optimum efficiency and effectiveness of your system.
If you are looking for a professional system check for your heating system or are experiencing any heating problems that need service, Contact Us today or call us at: 1-888-937-3350.