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What ever fuel is used to heat your home, it is an essential element of your home’s comfort and safety. The cost of heating your home is also one of the largest household bills that you may pay each year. It only makes good financial sense that maintaining your heating system is an essential part of yearly home maintenance.
Regularly maintaining your heating system will not only keep you warm when winter comes, but it will also save you money in the long run.
How can you keep your home heating system working efficiently and help to lower your energy bills? Here are some easy ways to maintain your heating system.
First, it is important to carry out a yearly home inspection to examine the condition of your HVAC system. This is best done in the fall before you need to use your heating system in winter. You should look for signs of cracked pipes, leaks in fuel lines, or damaged parts. If you find any signs of damage in your inspection, you should quickly replace damaged parts.
Clogged and blocked filters should be replaced regularly. Don’t wait until you notice signs of a blockage, but keep your furnace filters clean so that air flows freely and yourfurnace works efficiently. At the same time, make sure that the burner is clean and the area is free from dirt and debris and is firing up properly.
Check ventilation pipes
You should also carry out a visual check of any ventilation openings and pipes around your burner or fireplace. Air needs to flow in and out of the furnace for efficiency and to keep energy costs down. Every manufacture has specific limits on length of your furnace vent pipe, this could cause your furnace to fail and only a very knowledgeable technician would be able to diagnose something this simple.
- Furnace or boiler operation
- Type of fuel (gas, oil, electricity)
- Furnace efficiency (conventional, mid and high efficiency)
- Age, projected life expectancy and failure probability of furnace or boiler
- Inspect heat exchanger if possible as well as condensate leaks
- Electric baseboard heaters, hot water radiators and in-floor radiant heating
- Vent system and flues
- Air filters, including electronic filters maintenance
- Air supply duct system. Do all rooms have a heat source?
- Heat recovery ventilation (HRV)
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