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Pre-Winter Home Heating Checklist

Posted Friday, September 18, 2015.

September is here, and while it’s still pretty pleasant outside, we all know to look forward to the cooling fall and winter temperatures. Right now is the best time to get ahead on preparing your heating system for winter, while demand is low (and so are prices!).

The best thing you can do to ensure your heating system is ready to work, and work safely, is to have it inspected annually by a licensed and experienced heating professional. A qualified, practiced professional eye, with the right tools, will ensure the safe functioning of your furnace or boiler. Your service provider will clean the furnace, check your filters and recommend replacement if necessary, and check for any leaks (including gas leaks, which are very dangerous).

It’s most preferable to have such an inspection before the heating season begins, so you can be sure your heat will be there when you need it. The last thing you want in the winter cold is for your heat to fail, and have to wait on costly repairs in the chilling cold.

Aside from a professional inspection, there are things you can do to help keep your system in safe, functioning order.

  • The warm season layoff is long, and you may not have checked on your home heating system. Ensure the area around it is safe by distancing flammable items from the furnace or boiler, and cleaning any dust from on top.

  • Clean or replace the furnace filter on forced hot air systems. A visual inspection of the filter should be sufficient to determine whether or not it needs to be replaced. We recommend checking your filter about a month later to see how much buildup has occurred. If it’s a lot, you’ll want to replace it in another month; if not, you might be able to make it another three months before replacement.

  • Speaking of filters: stock up before it gets cold. You can probably find some available at a discount, which will definitely not be the case come December!

  • If necessary, schedule your initial fuel deliveries ahead of time. As the cooler temperatures get closer, so does demand for fuel, so be the first in line.

  • Set your heating system temperature high enough to prevent pipes from freezing while you’re out. The cavities in which your pipes run are colder than the inside of your home, so 55 degrees is a safe temperature.

Most importantly, ensure you have properly functioning carbon monoxide or radon detectors. Gas leaks are very dangerous and should be taken seriously. Detection can save your life and your belongings.

A professional inspection of your heater will ensure that it is safe and in good working order for the coming cold season. Nazzaro & Sons Plumbing & Heating are an expert heater repair service, with years of experience in homes just like yours, working on heaters old and new for nearly 20 years. Our professional crew will come to your home for water heater maintenance, repair, and replacement services. Call us today at (978) 256-3586 or get in touch online to schedule a service call.

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