Use Fall to Prepare for Winter Chills

Written on: October 12, 2023

12 Steps to Prep

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Preparing your heating system for winter is crucial to ensure your home stays warm and comfortable during the colder months. Here are some tips to help you get your heating system ready for winter:

1. Schedule a Professional Inspection:

Arrange for a certified HVAC technician to inspect your heating system before winter begins. They can identify and address any potential issues.

2. Create a Maintenance Schedule:

Regular maintenance is key to the longevity and efficiency of your heating system. Create a schedule for filter changes, system checks, and professional servicing.

3. Change or Clean Air Filters:

Replace or clean the air filters in your heating system regularly, as dirty filters can reduce efficiency and indoor air quality.

3. Check for Leaks and Drafts:

Examine windows and doors for drafts and seal any gaps with weatherstripping or caulking. Inspect your home’s insulation for any damage or missing sections.

5. Test and Program the Thermostat:

Ensure that your thermostat functions correctly by turning on the heating system and verifying that it responds appropriately to temperature adjustments. If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to lower temperatures when you’re not at home or sleeping. This can save on energy costs.

6. Consider a Programmable Thermostat or Smart Thermostat:

Upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat can help you save energy by automatically adjusting temperatures based on your preferences and schedule.

7. Inspect and Clean Vents and Ducts:

Make sure all vents and ducts are clear of obstructions. Vacuum or dust vents to improve airflow. Consider professional duct cleaning if necessary.

8. Check Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors:

Test and replace batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, as heating systems can pose a risk if malfunctioning.

9. Bleed Radiators (for Hydronic Systems):

If you have a hydronic heating system with radiators, bleed them to remove trapped air, which can hinder heat distribution.

10. Consider Investing in a Generator:

If power outages are common in your area during winter storms, consider getting a generator to power your heating system and other essential appliances.

11. Stock Emergency Supplies:

Prepare an emergency kit with blankets, warm clothing, non-perishable food, water, flashlights, and other essentials in case of extended power outages.

12. Learn the Basics of DIY Repairs:

Familiarize yourself with basic troubleshooting steps, such as resetting circuit breakers and pilot lights, to address minor heating system issues.

By following these winter heating system preparedness tips, you can ensure that your heating system runs efficiently and keeps your home warm throughout the winter season while minimizing energy costs and safety risks. Servco Oil & Propane is dedicated to providing our customers with responsive, courteous service. We provide 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year. You can reach us at 203-762-7994.

Servco keeps homes in Wilton, Westport, and New Canaan, and all-around Southwestern Connecticut comfortable with top-notch equipment service and service plans. Contact us today to learn more!