Many homeowners tend to take their heating system for granted until the cold weather starts. After all, it is only when you need the heater that you start to even think about it. Because it has been mostly ignored over summer, it can throw fits when winter finally rolls around, and long after a maintenance check could have prevented the problem.

A heating system needs constant attention. By giving it some TLC once in awhile, you can actually keep it in shape all year long to prevent problems that might require a spendy, emergency repair.

Schedule Regular Professional Checks

Even while not using your heater, you need to get your heating system checked periodically. This should be done by a Spruce Grove professional who knows where to look and what to do should a problem be detected. Old heaters are more prone to system issues and may be reluctant to turn on after a long period of inactivity. Regular professional maintenance is especially needed for older heating systems.

Work on the Radiators and Filters

Heaters use either forced-air systems or radiators. Hot-water radiators require you to “bleed” the air out of them before use. To do it, ready a container and then open the valve on the radiator to release the air. Once water—which you can catch with the container—flows out, close the valve.

Otherwise, if your heater is equipped with a forced-air system, you can take care of it by maintaining the filter. You should change the filter regularly. Depending on which system you own, it’s advisable to change the filter every month or two.

Make The System Smarter

Using a programmable thermostat can smarten your heating system and improve its efficiency. This type of thermostat allows you to schedule the times you want the heater on or off—a money and energy saver when no one is in the house. More advanced thermostats allow you to control the heat remotely through your smartphone or computer. This proves very convenient when you forget to turn it on or off.

The only way you can make full use of your heating system is to take care of it. Maintenance should be performed by a professional who understands how heating systems work. In case you don’t have any idea about what to do after detecting a problem, be sure to immediately call a professional to inspect and repair your unit.

Source:

5 Steps to Improve Your Heating System Now, Forbes.com
Types of Heating Systems, Smarterhouse.org