Soon, winter will be here, and you want your heater to be ready for the cold weather to come. There are a lot of maintenance tasks to do to the furnace and improvements that need to be done to stop air leaks around your home. Here are some heating maintenance tips to help you prepare your home for another cold winter and reduce your heating costs:
1. Checking for Air Leaks Around Window and Door Openings
Air leaks around windows and doors can be a major cause of energy loss during the winter months. This fall is a good time to check the weather stripping and insulation around windows and doors for air leaks. Repair any damage to weather stripping and add insulation to these openings to prevent heat loss and excessive energy costs during the winter months.
2. Inspecting and Preparing Ductwork for Winter Heating Needs
Before the winter weather arrives, you want to inspect the work for damage and do any repairs that are needed. To repair the damage to ductwork, you can use common duct tape to insulate and repair tears in ducts. There are ducts that are poorly insulated or have severe damage; replace the insulation on them with common batten insulation and make sure that it is sealed up tightly so there are no air leaks. In addition, you will need to adjust the dampers inside the ductwork for winter heating needs.
3. Having Your Furnace or Boiler Serviced Before Winter Weather
One of the most important things that you need to do before the winter weather comes is to have your furnace or boiler serviced. You want to have a professional technician inspect your heating system and do any minor repairs that are needed before you start using your heating during the winter months. They can also do common maintenance tasks like cleaning the furnace or boiler to ensure that it is working efficiently during the winter months.
4. Improvements and Repairs to Stop Heat Loss During the Winter Months
There may be other areas of your home where air leaks cause excessive energy costs during the winter months. One of the areas where you may want to focus your attention on is the attic. If your attic has poor insulation, it may be a good idea to update the insulation in the attic or other areas of your home before the winter months. You can do improvements to insulation and other areas where air leaks occur.
These are some maintenance tips to help you prepare your home for another cold winter and reduce your heating costs this season. If you need help with maintenance or repairs to your heater photos, contact a heating services technician for help before winter arrives.