Right around the fall season, you generally want to start getting ready for the winter period and all the cold that comes with it. One of the worst feelings in the world is to try and put your storm windows in when it’s 20° below or colder outside. In this article we will go over a fairly easy to follow checklist of various things that you can do to the heating and air systems of your home to help prepare and weatherize your home for the winter. Remember to always consult a professional before doing any significant work, like consulting quality air conditioning contractors for example. You can also check out the Internet and read the different HVAC blogs like this one for additional information.
The first thing that you want to do is to go over the basics of making sure that you have heat when you need it. Always make sure to check if this is going to be the case during the fall and no later than the end of October. This way you can give yourself plenty of time to give your system to test run before you will actually need it. The first thing we need to do is turn the thermostat to heat mode and set it to 80° just to test it out. You should be able to hear the furnace turn on and then feel the warm air within a few minutes. If the system is running okay, then turn off the thermostat and put it back to its normal setting. If you are finding that it is not running properly, you may have to begin troubleshooting the gas furnace yourself or possibly hiring a qualified service technician.
The other changes that you can do to your heating system are replacing the air filter with a new clean air filter which is fairly easy to do. You can also make sure that your fuel whether it is propane or an oil furnace, is topped off in completely full and ready to go for the wintertime. Also be sure to check your heating vents so that they are clear of obstacles and are ready to go. If you haven’t done so, also make sure to do seasonal maintenance to your furnace by hiring a service technician to go through and give your furnace its regular maintenance so that it is running and top shape.
We also recommend purchasing a good quality space heater. A space heater is a convenient way to heat a small space in your home, helping you to avoid the need to put on your home heating system. The main criticism of space heaters is their high cost. However, our tests have shown that an energy efficient space heater can be a great way to heat one part of the home, most likely the area in which you are working, without incurring significant extra cost. Of course sensible precautions should be taken to avoid allowing the costs to run up, including thermostatic control and timed switch offs.
Finally, you want to make sure that you check for carbon monoxide leaks, this is one of those things that is often forgotten about by many homeowners. This is a silent killer and can be easily detected with an inexpensive test badge or some type of wall mounted battery operated alarm. Whatever type of method you choose to go with, just make sure you do this critical steps you can protect your family and yourself from any harm or danger from carbon monoxide poisoning. Again, if you feel uncomfortable doing any of this please make sure you hire a professional to do this for you.
Originally posted 2016-04-15 09:43:58.