You'll stay a lot more comfortable this winter if you warm up to these tips to keep your furnace running efficiently.
Have your furnace checked to uncover leaks in the heat exchanger, soot, rust, corroded contacts and frayed wires.
Heat pumps and oil fired furnaces require yearly tune ups. Manufacturers recommend having your gas fired furnace cleaned every other year.
When the furnace is started for the first time be sure the system runs through a full heating cycle to ensure it has plenty of combustion and air and chimney draft. Contractors use draft gauges to check for sufficient draft. They will also test for carbon monoxide leaks.
Have the burner and heat exchanger cleaned to remove soot that can impede smooth operation. Your best efficiency hinges on adjusting the burner flame to the right size and color, adjusting the flow of gas or changing the fuel filter in an oil fired system. A proper check of the heat pump should include an inspection of the compressor and fan.
While thermostats hardly ever fail, they can degrade over time as mechanical parts stick or lose their calibration. Remember, whether your thermostat is old or new, the hole where the thermostat wires comes through the wall needs to be caulked or a draft could trick it into thinking the room is warmer or colder than it really is.
When calling a contractor to service your furnace, or for a complete new heating system always check them out with the Better Contractors Bureau to make sure they are registered members! To be sure always look for the BCB logo.
The cold weather has caused ice buildups on a number of roofs in our area.
The illustration below provides an explanation of why this occurs.