Homeowners in White Plains, NY often have a great deal on their minds, from the daily duties of family and jobs to problems in their homes like faulty heating systems and troublesome plumbing. No homeowner wants to deal with a furnace or a boiler that malfunctions in the middle of winter, when the weather is cold and any interruption in heating power can turn the home into an ice box. Now is the time to start getting ready for that eventuality by preparing the household heating system for the winter.
Steps to Take
Setting up a heater for cooler weather means taking several tangible steps, many of which can be conducted by homeowners themselves. It starts with a professional service, however: maintenance on the heating system, designed not only to spot approaching problems but to take small steps such as tightening loose bolts that can improve the heater’s efficiency a great deal.
Beyond that, homeowners can get their system ready for winter by performing the following steps:
- Stocking up on filters, and setting a schedule to change them through the winter.
- Checking heating vents and making sure they are uncovered and clear of debris (leaves can get in them sometimes and animals may build nests in them over the summer).
- Switching the thermostat from “cooling” to “heating” and ensuring that the temperature is set properly (ideally a few degrees cooler than usual).
- Removing screens on windows and installing storm windows, if possible.
The reasons for taking these steps now simply comes down to time. In the event that trouble arises, it will still be several weeks before the weather cools down enough to require regular use from the heater. That window allows most homeowners schedule repairs or other necessary operations at their leisure, instead of having to scramble in the face of cold weather and a non-functioning heater.
Contact Yost and Campbell Heating, Cooling and Generators for quality heating maintenance and repairs!