Time to Call a Heating Service Contractor? - Don’t Fall Into Winter Unprepared

Fall can be a beautiful time of year and the cooler weather can be a welcome relief from the dog days of summer. It should also be the time of year when you make sure your home is ready to meet winter head on. There are several areas in your home you should look at to make sure you get the most out of your heating system and you don’t have any surprises when the coldest day of the year hits your area.

One of the obvious things you should have checked is your home’s furnace. The best idea is to have a technician give it a good once over before winter arrives to make sure everything is working right. If you haven’t already done so they can change your furnace filters to ensure air movement is not restricted in forced-air furnaces and that the furnace’s exhaust is appropriately vented.

Many heating service contractors offer annual service contracts that include a pre-season inspection. You can pay a monthly or annual fee to have them schedule an appointment and perform a complete inspection on your furnace to make sure it is working correctly and poses no danger. Oiling the fans and checking any belts for cracks can help prevent the need for a midnight service call when the furnace quits in the dead of winter.

Fall is also a good time of year to make sure that cold air stays outside and all that warm air your furnace circulates is remaining in the home. Check your windows and doors and seal any cracks, inside and out, to make sure you’re not paying to heat the outside as well. By eliminating cold air entering your home your furnace will not have to work as hard to keep the house up to the desired temperature.

Sealing doors and windows, especially on the outside with an appropriate caulking compound will also ensure that no water gets in along with the cold air and causes significant damage when it freezes. Sweeps on the bottom of outer storm doors as well as on the interior door will help keep the cold air from getting in.

There are numerous products available that help you seal the home’s fenestrations such as foam tape and metal flashing that serves to provide a near-air tight seal around your doors and windows. While shrink wrap over the inside of your windows can help keep the cold air out, you should look at why the air is getting in and seal the area properly.

If you are out of the home frequently you might want to consider having a programmable thermostat installed for your furnace. It can lower the temperature when you leave for work or go to bed and turn it back on about 30 minutes before you return. The house will be warm when you get home, or get up in the morning, but you will not be paying for heat while you sleep or when you’re not at home. Many of these can be installed on your own but to ensure they work properly, it is best to have it done by heating contractors.

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