Wondering what you can do to keep your home’s heating system in great shape so you can stay warm this winter? There are a few things that a homeowner should do prior to the cooler months to ensure their heating system or furnace is in good working order through the colder months of the year. Some of these items a handy homeowner or DIYer can take care of themselves. The more technical and safety items should be left to a licensed HVAC service professional.
The majority of home heating systems are powered by either home heating oil or natural gas as the primary fuel source. These fossil fuels are burned in a furnace or burner element and the heat produced either warms air or water in the case of radiators that circulates throughout the house to warm it. When your move the thermostat towards a higher degree that signals the combustion of fuel and a blower fan or water circulating pump to turn on to send the warm air through your ducts or warm water through pipes to your radiators. The lower the the thermostat setting the less energy your house will use. Setting the thermostat for most homes between 70 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit will keep it occupants comfortable.
- Have a professional service your heating system annually. They have the proper tools and equipment and knowledge to ensure your system is running safely and efficiently. they should perform a combustion test, clean your unit and other recommended tasks.
- Purchase a carbon monoxide detector if you don’t already have one. Carbon monoxide is orderless and colorless and is produced when burning oil and natural gas. It can cause serious injury and death in certain amounts. A CO detector can warn you should excess CO build up within your house.
- Change the HVAC filters at regular intervals as recommended by the manufacturer as clogged filters can restrict air flow.