We’ve felt the first cooler days of Fall and even though the weather is teasing us with a few more warm days, it’s time to prepare our homes for the colder weather that’s just around the corner.
Here is a list of preparations that should be done to ensure your heating system and home are ready for the Fall and Winter. Please keep in mind that there are some items that are better left to the professionals. Be safe and call us to help you where needed! Don’t get left in the cold.
YOUR HEATING SYSTEM -
It’s important that an annual, professional inspection of your heating system is performed. A routine, maintenance inspection will ensure that your thermostat and electrical components are working correctly. Your air filter will be changed so that airflow won’t be restricted due to build up.
DIY STEPS -
- Before turning your water heater or furnace on, be sure that the area surrounding it is clear of all flammables. Give your heater plenty of room to function at it’s best.
- Remove the sediment at the bottom of your water heater’s tank. Collected sediment can greatly reduce the efficiency of the burner and can even damage the interior lining of the tank when it’s heated.
- Turn your heater on and check that it’s heating properly. Don’t be alarmed at a distinct dusty smell. Dust settles over the summer and the first time you use your heating unit, you will smell it burning off. You can open your windows and doors until the odor is gone. However, if you smell anything beyond that dusty smell, call a professional.
- Check all your vents and make sure they’re open. Often one room will be colder than others and it’s simply because the vent is closed. Easy fixes are the best!
- Use your ceiling fans. Ceiling fans help move the hot air that naturally rises and helps keep your energy costs down and your family warm.
- Invest in a carbon monoxide detector for your home.
- Check the batteries in your smoke detectors.
- Have your chimney and fireplace inspected before you use it for the first time in the season. If necessary, have it cleaned.
- Check your home for drafts. Seal any drafty windows or doors. This will help keep your energy costs down and keep your home comfortable in the cold weather.
Remember that we are here to help with your heating needs. We’re just a phone call away 916-409-0768