As the days get colder, your furnace or boiler runs all day long. In Part 3 of our series we’ll look at the next five items you can do to get the most from your heating system this winter.
11. Get a precision tune up every year
Studies show that heating equipment that is maintained annually lasts 3-5 years longer and can be up to 20% more efficient than equipment that has not been maintained. You can also catch small repairs before they become major issues and verify your equipment is operating as safely as possible. Problems may still occur but will be less serious if you catch them early.
12. Move it over
Make sure there’s room around the heating equipment and that nothing is stored on top of it. Combustible materials should be moved away from both the furnace/boiler and hot water tank to prevent a fire hazard. In addition, move any cat litter boxes, detergents or cleaning products away from the area around the furnace or boiler. They can cause corrosive damage and greatly shorten the life of heating equipment.
13. Where does your dryer vent?
If your furnace vents through PVC piping, make sure the dryer vent is not too close to the air intake pipe. We have seen situations where homeowners moved their dryer vent and caused real problems with their high-efficiency furnaces.
14. Seal leaks in your home
You don’t want your nice, warm air to slip right outside or up into your attic (recessed lights are famous for allowing this to occur). What a waste! Seal leaks and install weather stripping around doors and windows using the information you gained during your Home Performance Assessment. After making changes to the tightness of your home, make sure that your home still “breathes” enough fresh air by having a follow up test done by your building analyst.
15. Run your fan the other way
Most ceiling fans have the ability to spin in the other direction, which pushes the warm air that rises to the ceiling back into the room. Rooms with high ceilings can really notice a difference when running a ceiling fan.
Contact the experts at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling if you have any questions. If you have an idea we didn’t mention, please let us know. We’ll pass your good ideas on so we can all get the most out of our heating systems this winter.
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.