Home heating checklist

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Technicians with HB McClure are gearing up for one of their busiest seasons.

“We will be in thousands of homes over the next couple weeks as we get ready to go into the heating season,” said Dominic Bailor, a residential service manager for HB McClure.

Bailor says there are a few things homeowners can do to get ready on their own. 

“Changing your air filter or cleaning your air filter will help your heating system run more efficiently,” said Bailor. “The common house filter is rated one to three months.”

Next, head outside your home and make sure nothing is blocking your exhaust pipes, like bushes or trees, and make sure the pipes are not clogged.

“It could cause it to burn incorrectly or it could cause it to shut down. If a piece of equipment is not burning correctly, it can create carbon monoxide, and if it is not vented correctly, carbon monoxide can stay in the home,” said Bailor.

Carbon monoxide can be deadly. Bailor suggests having a carbon monoxide detector in the home, especially if you use fossil fuels to heat your home or if your home has an attached garage. 

You can call on the professionals to check on your heating unit’s efficiency and to make sure the safety mechanisms are working.

“Safety mechanisms are there so the unit would shut down before it would create a dangerous environment, so we want to make sure those safeties are operating,” said Bailor.

If you are looking to save some money on your heating bill, consider how you heat your home. 

“If you have fossil fuel burning like oil or gas, then a programmable thermostat is a good idea and you can set the temperatures back while you are at work or while you are sleeping,” said Bailor. “On the other hand, if you have a heat pump, it is better to set it and forget. Leave the temperature set at one point because it is a bit harder for that heat pump to catch up or increase temperature than it is to maintain one temperature.”

After you have your system checked, turn it on and make sure it is working before the temperatures drop. That way, you can find out if there are any problems before you are left in the cold.
 

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