It’s winter, and you know what that means-- bad weather and cold nights. If you don’t want to stay awake shivering every night, you need to make sure your home is winter-ready.
Staying Warm & Safe
“The HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system should be checked regularly,” says Paul Price, owner of Precision Heating, Cooling, and Electrical located at 111 W. 3rd Avenue, Williamson, WV. “Preferably before heating and cooling seasons. Most companies, like ours, offer a maintenance program that schedules these preventive maintenance checks.” These checks should ensure that the filter is changed regularly, and that the thermostat and furnace are in good condition.
If you have a gas furnace, don’t forget about the igniter. Paul says, “The igniter should be inspected, as well as the heat exchanger. It is very important to make sure it is clean, clear, and free of rust.” He recommends checking for cracks or stress markings that indicate where cracks may form.
On electric heat pumps, he encourages homeowners to ensure all necessary parts are clear. “Homeowners would want to make sure the coil is clean and free from debris, and the gutters over top of the heat pump are kept clear so that chunks of ice do not accumulate and fall onto the heat pump. Make sure there are no sticks, twigs, and leaves in the fan area,” he says.
Paul also stresses the importance of home detectors being kept fully energized. “Another very important winterization activity is to make sure there is a smoke detector with fresh batteries in every bedroom, as well as CO2 monitors at each end of each floor on the home.”
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