Fall is the time to get winterized in preparation for the season. Proper winterization involves a systematic review of your home’s HVAC equipment as well as the critical structural and mechanical systems. Take care of these elements before winter, so you can enjoy the snow in cozy comfort and not worry about your home.

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The heating system is perhaps the most critical element for a home in winter, and the time to check your furnace and other heating appliances is in the fall—no later than the end of October. Give your system a test run through and make sure all systems are operating.

Heating System Checklist

  • Test run: Turn the thermostat to heat mode and set it to 80 degrees, just for testing. You should hear the furnace turn on, and warm air should begin to blow within a few minutes. If the furnace is running fine, turn the thermostat back to its normal setting. If the furnace not running properly, you may be able to fix it yourself, or you may need to call a qualified service technician.
  • Seasonal maintenance: Either have the furnace checked by a service technician or do this work yourself. Some taks are within a homeowner’s skill range. 
  • Replace the air filter: Each furnace has its own requirements for air filters, so follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. A monthly replacement of the air filter is usually recommended. 
  • Check fuel supply:  If you have a propane or fuel oil furnace, make sure to have your fuel storage tank is topped off and ready to go.
  • Inspect and clean heating vents: Clear obstacles to heating vents, so air can freely flow. Many experts recommend having a service technician come in and clean the vents every year or two. 
  • Check for carbon monoxide leaks: This silent killer can be detected with either an inexpensive test badge or battery-operated alarm. If you discover problems, call in a professional to identify and correct the cause of the CO leak. Usually, this involves leakage in the exhaust system of a furnace or other fuel-burning appliance, such as a water heater. Don’t put this work off; a CO leak is a very dangerous situation. 
  • Check exhaust vents: Some furnaces and boilers, as well as gas water heaters, vent through a chimney, while newer high-efficiency models may vent through plastic pipes running through a side wall. Make sure these vents are open and free of obstructions. A vent that hasn’t been used all summer may have become home to birds or other animals, which can block the vent pipes and interfere with the furnace’s ability to burn efficiently and properly vent exhaust gases. 

Check back next week for information about Inspecting the Wood-burning Fireplace, Chimney, and Flue

 

Information source: https://www.thespruce.com