No matter what type of heating system you rely during the coldest of months, one of the best ways to ensure your home stays warm is to be proactive with maintenance and any repairs.
Whether your residence is heated by an oil furnace or an electric source, there are numerous components to heating systems of all kinds that require special attention for not only efficiency, but also personal safety. Here are some expert-recommended pre-cold weather maintenance suggestions for some of the most common heating systems:
As the source of heating for the majority of American households, per Smarter House, oil-burning furnaces can also pose a serious hazard if not properly used or cared for. Before regular usage for the season, furnace owners should first clean their furnace and ducts before changing the filter and checking for leaks, For Dummies recommends. All of these tasks can be performed by a repairman, which is a recommended option for those with little to no HVAC experience. A furnace owner should also stock up on air filters, schedule an oil or gas delivery and make sure that their carbon monoxide detector is operational, according to Angie's List. Another suggestion from Popular Mechanics is to test the furnace by turning it on and off for testing three times before regular usage.
Baseboard (electric) heating
As one of the safest methods of home heating on the market, electric baseboard heaters require relatively less preparation ahead of their regular cold weather operation than others, but users can take a few steps to ensure they work correctly, according to Flinn Electric. Cleaning any dust, dirt and other debris from baseboard coverings and fins can minimize any potential risk, while ensuring that window drapes are situated high enough above heating units maximizes efficiency. Most importantly - residents should check to see if their thermostats are operational in relation to that of the baseboards in their property.
Wood and pellet-burning stove
As a source of heat for homeowners in rural areas with an abundant supply of firewood or pellet production, wood and pellet-burning stoves always require maintenance before they are brought out of hibernation for the cold weather, according to For Dummies. Regular check-ups are also essential during the usage season. Along with cleaning out the stove's exhaust piping to prevent the buildup of carbon, owners need to make sure that the damper opens and closes without issue. Furthermore, remove any flammable items from around the stove stored there during warmer months.
As a form of a "two-way air-conditioner," a heat pump draws any heat from the outside using an electrical system and uses forced air delivery systems to move it throughout a home. When getting the commonly used air-source heat pump ready for use, owners should clean the area around it, change filters and make sure thermostat settings are adjusted correctly, according to Miller's Heating and Air. For example, a system set to emergency heating will use a furnace as a backup heat source - a setting that should only be used when the heat pump does not work.
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