Thursday, October 6, 2011

Need to start getting ready for Old Man Winter. (Part 1)

I’m going to be posting information on getting your home ready for winter.  There will be several different posts on the subject the rest of this week and next week, so take notes.  Information found on the web site below.


First and foremost, it's very important to have a professional come inspect and service your heating unit each year before you begin to use it. This is done to ensure that your heater is both safe and functional. The earlier you arrange an appointment with a licensed heating professional the better, as they are liable to be booked up as the season approaches. You certainly don't want to take the risk of your furnace breaking down on you during icy winter weather. The professional will perform maintenance tasks to keep your heater performing optimally during a standard check-up. This includes:
  • Inspecting the thermostat for proper operation
  • Inspecting the filter, and changing or cleaning filter as needed
  • Checking all electrical components and controls
  • Oiling the motors as necessary
  • Inspecting the heat exchanger for possible cracks (This is important as a crack in the heat exchanger will introduce carbon monoxide into your home.)
  • Checking the air flow to see if it is diminished, and if it is necessary to clean the evaporator coil
  • Checking of air fuel mixture

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