5 steps to get your heating system ready for winter
Here’s how to get your heating system ready for the winter in 5 steps!
If you’ve ever had to replace your heating system, you know how expensive it can be. That’s why regular maintenance is so important. Servicing your heating system is a good way to keep it performing efficiently for years. Around mid-November after the leaves have fallen, we suggest you take steps to get your heating system ready for the winter. You and your whole family will enjoy greater efficiency, savings and comfort.
All set for winter
Step 1: Clean the filters
Without clean filters, your heater will be unable to clean all the impurities from the air, including cigarette smoke, animal fur and different kinds of dust generated by your daily activities. Depending on the type, filters must be changed or cleaned monthly or once or twice a year. Failure to clean them may not only compromise your heating system’s efficiency, it may also force you to breathe in a lot more dust.
Step 2: Check the thermostats
Many households rely on electronic thermostats to achieve significant savings on their electricity bills. Unfortunately, thermostats are rarely checked when the heating system is serviced. If they’re defective, it’s best to replace them immediately to prevent your heating system from malfunctioning.
Step 3: Clean the baseboard heaters
Before you switch on the heat, be sure to thoroughly clean your baseboard heaters. First dust with a cloth, then vacuum inside. Regular maintenance will ensure maximum efficiency during the cold season.
Step 4: Check the chimney
If you have a chimney, you’re required to perform maintenance on it at least once a year. If it wasn’t swept in the spring, do it in the fall. Sweeping the chimney will prevent fires and keep your heating system running efficiently. It’s a matter of both comfort and safety. If you can’t do it yourself, call a professional. It’s recommended you hire a member of the Association des professionnels en chauffage—some insurance companies will require it.
Step 5: Seal off any air infiltration
Before the cold weather arrives, consider tackling any air infiltration you might have in your home. Apply caulking around the doors and windows. Remember the dryer exhaust. Get weatherstripping, or replace it if you have it but it’s cracked. There are also insulating membranes that can be inserted behind electrical outlets to limit air infiltration. These simple measures will save you a lot of money while providing greater comfort all winter long.
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