As the days get colder, your furnace or boiler starts running. What can you do to get the most from your heating system this winter?
1. Check your thermostat
Get your thermostat ready for winter by changing the batteries (if your control uses them) and making sure the clock is set correctly for daylight savings time. If your carbon monoxide detector has a battery, now is a good time to change that, too. Consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat to save even more money. If you already have one, check to make sure that it is programmed correctly.
2. Check your airflow
Make sure the areas around your heating vents are clear so that nothing blocks your airflow—on both supply registers and return air grilles. Drapes and furniture can effectively block air from coming into the room. If you vacuum the louvers you’ll also remove dust that could be drawn into your furnace.
3. Check your radiators
If you have a boiler, vacuum the radiators or baseboards for best heat transfer and make sure they too are not blocked by carpet, drapes or furniture.
4. Seal and insulate any exposed ductwork
If you have ductwork that runs through an attic or other unconditioned space, make sure that it is tight and doesn’t leak your precious, conditioned air. Once your ductwork is sealed, consider having it insulated with the proper thickness of duct insulating material. More of your warm air will be able to make it where it’s going. Boiler piping can also benefit the same way from insulation.
5. Make sure your filter is clean
You’ll not only keep the air your family is breathing clean, you’ll avoid damage to your furnace caused by dust build up in your equipment. Checking the filter once for the heating season may not be enough. Mark your calendar or sign up for our email filter reminder service.
If you have an idea we don’t mention, please let us know. We’ll make sure to pass your good ideas on so we can all get the most out of our heating systems this winter.
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Kim Nemecek works at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. After growing up in Cleveland, she lived in Florida for many years, working at an air conditioning company there. Kim has four grown children, two grandchildren and two spoiled dogs. She lives in Solon with her husband, Todd.
The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.