We are officially entering winter, so here are some suggestions to help your heating system get you through the cold season to come.

Picture this: It’s a cold winter night, you are just about to go to sleep and you notice the house still feels a bit chilly. You’ve had the heat on, but it doesn’t seem to be working. After a closer check, you realize there is a problem. To help prevent issues like this, consider these suggestions from One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning®:

  • Filter Check
    Changing the filter on your heating system goes a long way. A clogged or dirty filter makes your system work harder.
  • Give it some space
    Sometimes we crowd the area around our heating systems and store decorations, paint cans and cleaning materials right next to it. This can be a fire hazard. Have a clear area around your heating system and keep other materials away.
  • Seal it
    Tiny leaks around your home can let valuable heat escape and cold air in. Use caulk or weather stripping to seal gaps around doors, windows, pipes and vents. Sealing leaks can possibly reduce your heating bills by 10 to 20 percent.[1]
  • It’s never too late to call a professional.
    A professional HVAC technician can do a quick safety inspection and tune-up of your heating system, this is especially important for gas and oil systems. The technician can check for cracks, leaks and proper lubrication of the components. All this can help prevent a problem during times of heavy use and make sure your system is operating at peak performance.

To learn more about getting the most out of your heating system, contact your local One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning.

[1] http://extension.unh.edu/Energy/Preparing-your-Home-Winter-Heating-Season