By Van Allen
Not a topic that comes readily to mind when the thermometer is reading in the mid-nineties as is the case while writing this article (last week), but what better time is there to prepare for winter than before you are freezing in your own home? Are you and your house ready for the quickly approaching need of jackets, simmering soups on the stove and turning the heat up to fight off the chill of winter?
Few people consciously consider the concerns of whether their furnace is in proper working condition, but it is a very important maintenance check to keep your home in proper working order. In prioritized order, your concerns should be safety, efficiency and then costs. Although the current economy may determine how much people can afford to heat their homes.
In terms of safety, it’s essential that you have a carbon monoxide alarm (preferably multiple alarms) located strategically around the home and especially in sleeping areas. This odorless gas produced as a residual of a heating system in ill repair can be deadly.
Hire a licensed contractor to perform the necessary carbon monoxide testing and advise you on placement of any necessary alarms. This is an important investment in your safety that will pay dividends in terms of peace of mind for you and your family.
Other concerns, some of which you may be able to perform yourself are as follows:
- Clean and install air filters
- Check the pilot system and clean as necessary
- Clean the burners, motor and fan. Remove residual dust and pollen
- Check the thermostat and the safety on an off switch for the furnace operation
- Check any gas connections between the source and your furnace unit.
Whether taking these preparatory steps yourself or hiring an individual or company qualified for the work, the important thing is having it done on an annual basis.
Have a safe, happy and warm winter. Your home is your castle. Enjoy it.
The Wallbeds “n” More Team