Heating System Maintenance

Thermostats:

  • For every degree you set back your thermostat (either to a cooler temperature in the winter or a warmer one in the summer), you should see about a 2% savings on your energy bill.
  • Set your thermostat back a few degrees at night.  Ideal sleeping temperature is between 60 and 67 degrees.  Time to get out those cozy blankets!

Filters:

  • Furnaces all have filters which help keep debris and dust out of the system.
  • A clean filter will increase air flow, reduce your energy bill, and can even lengthen the life of your fan motor.
  • There are various levels of filters, in a wide range of prices, that you can choose from.
  • Inspect your filters monthly to make sure they are clear and clean. If not, replace.
  • There are three main types of filters: Disposable, Washable, & Electrostatic. See below for more information on how each of these gets cleaned or replaced.

Vents:

  • In a forced air system, you will have vents in the floor, ceiling, or walls that the warm air comes from.
  • Keep vents closed in rooms you don’t use.  Do not close vents if you have a heat pump!

Inspections:

  • Gas-fired equipment should be checked annually
  • Oil burners should be inspected and cleaned annually

Daily Maintenance:

  • Keep baseboards, registers, and radiators clean and clear.  Do not allow rugs, carpet, drapes or furniture to block them.
  • Make sure carpets and rugs are not too close to baseboard heaters. The area beneath these elements need to be clear so air can circulate through them.
  • Keep south-facing curtains, drapes and blinds open during the day to let sunlight in.
  • Close these same window treatments at night.
  • Turn off ventilating fans in the bathroom and kitchen once they are no longer needed.

sources: peco.com and sleep.org

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