Is Your Heating System Ready For The Cold? Three Ways To Be Proactive

With the warmth of summer still around, the last thing you are probably thinking about is fall or winter. However, the reality is that colder weather will soon be on the way. Is your heating system prepared? Don't wait until the cold weather arrives to start prepping your heating system. Start early for the best results.  

Check For Air Leaks

A small crack around a door or window frame might seem like a minor concern; however, these cracks have a major impact on a heating system's functionality. Air leakage does two things: it creates an outlet for warmed air to escape and allows cool air to enter inside a home.

Each these scenarios cause the system to work harder and lead to increased wear. As a general rule of thumb, if you can see sunlight through a space, it's large enough for air to also pass through. If you see any areas like this around your home, resolve this problem by adding caulking or weather stripping around the area.

Have The Unit Inspected

It's a good idea to have the heating system inspected before the start of fall. If you fail to have the unit inspected, you might not find out that there is an issue with the unit until you actually need to rely on it. With an inspection, you can be alerted of any problems with your heating system beforehand.

Not only does this keep you from being without heat in the winter, but in the event your system needs to be repaired, it may be less expensive to have the unit repaired during the summer. Additionally, it's often easier to get an appointment as the technicians aren't as busy.

Open Your Registers

It's not uncommon for homeowners to close some of the registers in their home in order to save on energy costs. However, there is a trade-off. Not only will your energy savings be less than stellar, when too many registers are closed this can actually cause the heating system to work harder, putting more wear and tear on the unit and increasing the risk of a malfunction.

Rather than closing registers, it might be better to adjust the temperature on the thermostat or have your duct system checked to see why some areas in your home might be getting more heat flow than others.

The more proactive you are about preparing your heating system for fall and winter, the less hassle you will have later. For more information, contact companies like Getzschman Heating, LLC .