28 Nov

Heating System Checklist

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As temperatures drop and you start to heat your home more frequently, it’s important to make sure that your heating system is running smoothly. Conducting routine inspections is the surest way to prevent problems from arising later on in the winter, and you might even catch some problems before they can erupt into serious emergency situations.

When conducting an inspection of your heating system, here are some things to check:

The Thermostat

Without a properly working thermostat, your system will really struggle to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home. To test your thermostat, turn it on and see if it continues to run as long as it should. If it shuts off after just a short amount of time, then you probably have an issue. It might need to be calibrated or replaced.

The Air Filters in Your Home

Clogged or dirty air filters can seriously hinder the efficiency of your heating system. Additionally, they can cause your home to have poor air quality and and even trigger serious breathing problems in your family members. Filters should be replaced monthly or more frequently if necessary. Do a quick round and note which ones could use a change as soon as possible.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The more fuel you’re burning in your home during the cold months, the higher likelihood that carbon monoxide can be released into the building. Make sure that the carbon monoxide detectors in your home are working properly so you’ll be notified of any dangers. Replace their batteries if needed and test them frequently.

Obstructions Near Your Heating Equipment

If the area around your heating equipment is cluttered, airflow might be restricted. Check to make sure that there is a six-foot clear zone around the furnace or any other heating equipment. Additionally, remove any flammable items or other dangerous obstructions.

Although these are some great things to monitor on your own, there is a lengthy list of things you should be checking in your heating system. To be on the safe side, schedule a thorough inspection with a professional before you start using your heating system religiously this winter. Companies like Robert B. Payne Inc. can give you reliable advice, make sure everything’s running smoothly, and address any problems they spot. Call (540) 373-5876 or visit www.robertbpayne.com today to learn more or schedule an inspection.