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  • Writer's picturePaul DeMorato

HVAC Maintenance

It's mid August and it's time to start thinking about our homes heating systems. In the coming weeks proper maintenance of your heating system should be done and is essential to ensure its efficiency, longevity, and safety. Regular upkeep not only keeps your home warm during the colder months but also saves you money on energy bills and prevents costly repairs. If your homes heating system is Forced Hot Air then one crucial aspect of heating system maintenance is changing or cleaning the air filters. Dirty filters restrict airflow, forcing the system to work harder and consume more energy. This simple task should be done every few months, or more frequently if you have pets or allergies. If your homes heating system is a hydronic system, it can be water or steam. Regular maintenance of a water/steam heating system begins with monitoring and maintaining proper water levels in the boiler. Low water levels can lead to overheating and damage the system. Additionally, periodically check the pressure gauge and ensure it remains within the recommended range to prevent any safety concerns. Flushing the system is another essential task. Over time, sediment and minerals can accumulate in the boiler, reducing its efficiency and potentially causing damage. Draining and flushing the boiler will help remove these impurities, ensuring smooth and efficient heat transfer. It's recommended to consult a professional technician for this task to avoid mishaps.

Furthermore, inspect the system's valves, pipes, and radiators for any leaks or corrosion. Leaks not only waste water but also lead to reduced efficiency. Corrosion can weaken the components and cause further damage if left unchecked. Regularly bleeding the radiators is important as well. Air can get trapped inside the system, preventing proper heat distribution. Bleeding releases trapped air, allowing hot water or steam to flow freely and ensuring all rooms receive consistent warmth. Overall, a water/steam heating system demands attention and care to ensure its optimal performance and longevity.

Additionally, scheduling an annual professional inspection for your heating system is highly recommended. Trained technicians can identify and address potential issues before they escalate into major problems. They will check for any gas leaks, faulty electrical connections, or worn-out components, ensuring that your system operates safely and efficiently. Regular maintenance not only extends the lifespan of your heating system but also enhances its performance, providing consistent warmth throughout your home.

Lastly, don't overlook the importance of keeping the area around your heating system clean and clutter-free. Dust, debris, and flammable items pose a risk to both the system's efficiency and your household's safety. Regularly vacuum the area and clear away any items that could potentially block airflow or create a fire hazard. By following these simple maintenance steps, you'll not only enjoy a cozy and comfortable living environment but also save money and prevent unnecessary heating system breakdowns.

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