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3 Ways to Prevent a Heating Disaster this Winter
We just want to make sure that your home is warm and efficient throughout the winter, which is why we provide prompt, affordable, friendly heating services all season long. However, part of ensuring your heating system works smoothly is making sure you have the information you need to maintain your furnace or boiler on your own throughout the year. Here are our tips for preventing a sudden heating system breakdown in the middle of winter—the time your heating system is most important.
#1: Keep Changing Those Filters
This winter, don’t let this task fall by the wayside. Changing the filters helps to improve airflow, so that you stay comfortable. Moreover, this keeps the heater from working too hard and overheating.
#2 Monitor Outside Vents
Snow blockage is a concern in many parts of the country, and it could potentially allow for a carbon monoxide (CO) leak inside of your home. Keep an eye on snow blockage around the outside vents. And make sure you have CO detectors throughout the home, as this toxic gas is otherwise odorless and colorless.
#3: Make Home Energy Upgrades as Needed
The more efficient your heater is able to operate this winter, the less likely it is to break down. Adding in insulation around the home, sealing air leaks, and getting your ductwork repaired are all tasks that allow for better heat distribution. That way, your heating system is not overworked.
#4: Don’t Keep the Temperature Too High
Preventing a heating system breakdown could be as easy as turning the thermostat down a few degrees. The Department of Energy recommends 68 degrees Fahrenheit as a temperature most people can be comfortable with, and one that allows for optimal efficiency. Turn the temperature down a few degrees if you want to prevent your heating system from becoming overworked with unrealistically high temperature settings.
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