Having a warm cozy home is not just a matter of comfort, but a matter of health and safety in the cold season. In addition to keeping you and your household warm, keeping a minimum temperature within the home does things like keep your pets safe, prevents certain foods from spoiling, and even keeps medications and drugs from going bad in some cases.
So, knowing and using the right heating maintenance tips are essential to keeping your home happy and warm for a long to come, but what exactly should you do?
The first thing you should do is ‘bookend’ the start and finish of the cold season on your calendar, as these are two times of year that you should have your heating system looked over. You can do this yourself if you know what you are looking for and have self-education or training, although most homeowners rely on professional contractors to handle this matter.
The service call before the cold season is to make sure the heating system is ready to run long and strong for you through the fall and winter. The service call after the season is to look for anything that might have worn down during that time that needs replacement or upgrading.
Also make sure that you get any filters and air ducts with your home cleaned regularly. Clear pathways keep your heating system running at peak efficiency and minimizes potential breakdowns, which you can count on happening in the middle of a weeknight when they are least convenient.
A great tip for maintaining your heating system is just visiting a home improvement store once a year and strolling the aisles of related equipment and supplies. There are new products and ideas each season, and an occasional conversation with the knowledgeable workers there never hurts.