September 2014

If you want to keep your heating system in good working order, you must keep it properly maintained and upgraded. It is a year-round obligation, and it can help you save money when your heating system is properly maintained, with necessary upgrades. We invite you to learn how to improve your heating system by following our easy tips.

Keep your family safe

The basement is the location of the furnace in many homes and is also where we store things. Never store anything near the furnace. Storing combustible items too close to the furnace may cause a fire or explosion. Keep paper, household cleaners, rags, paint and other combustible items at least three feet from the furnace and never store gasoline or other flammable materials inside your home. Keeping the furnace area clear will allow the furnace to run more efficiently, helping to lower your heating bill.

Having a carbon monoxide detector installed near the furnace and the bedrooms will alert you to carbon monoxide dangers. We recommend that you have at least one carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home. Test your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors regularly.

Replace heating system when necessary

Those repeated service call costs for repairs to your heating system add up quickly. If it is time to replace your heating system, do so as soon as possible. Consider purchasing an Energy Star heating system, which is considerably more efficient than conventional systems, reducing your heating bills and improving in-home air quality.

Change filters regularly and protect vents

It is easy to forget to change the furnace filter regularly. If you cannot remember, make a calendar to remind you when to change the filter. Never place furniture or other objects over or in front of registers or the cold air exchange. It prevents proper air flow.

Have your heating system serviced by professionals

Never attempt to service your heating system yourself. Only allow professionals who are expertly trained and licensed to perform routine maintenance or make repairs to your heating system. Annual maintenance of your heating system gives you peace of mind, knowing that you have a heating system that is unlikely to break down on you in subzero temperatures. Cullins One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® provides our customers with expert service and maintenance checks the first time, protecting your home and family and saving you money.