Preparing your heating system for winter usage may not be part of your yearly routine. However, it is one of the best ways of keeping your home comfortable throughout the long and harsh winter months. It can also help to keep your home safe from serious heating issues and problems.
Ensure The Pilot Light And Burner Are In Good Condition
If your heating unit is equipped with a pilot light and burner, these components will need to be maintained in order to keep the system in working condition. A pilot light that is partially clogged may be able to burn fairly well, but it will be more likely to go out at seemingly random intervals. A burner that has fallen into a state of disrepair will be far less able to effectively provide heat.
Keep Pets And Children Away From The Heating System
Children or pets that are allowed to venture too close to the heating system can be more likely to damage the system as well as suffer serious burns or other injuries. If your heating system is located in an area that makes it easily accessible, you should invest in pet or child gates to place around the unit to minimize these potential hazards.
Check On Your Heating System Every Few Weeks
During the winter months, you may seldom or never think about your heating system if it is working normally. Yet, homeowners will find it beneficial to perform a basic visual inspection of this system on a regular basis. This can allow for a number of problems to be identified that could otherwise go undetected until they result in the system failing. One of the main problems to check for during this inspection is whether or not the system is clean, free of unusual sounds or odors, and free of other problems. Homeowners will often notice minor issues and decide to monitor the system more closely. However, this can be counterproductive, as the system can suffer worsening damage until it is repaired. At the first sign of problems or unusual behavior, the heater should be professionally serviced.
Know The Warning Signs Of An Under-Powered Heating System
Homeowners will often be somewhat shocked to learn that their heating system is under-powered for their home's size. While an under-powered heating system may be able to keep the home fairly warm, it will be much less efficient in doing so. This will translate to higher energy costs and increased wear on the system. If you notice that your heater must run for fairly long periods of time to keep the home's interior warm or if it is unable to effectively warm the interior, you may want to have a heating service professional inspect the system.