Before the cold weather sets in and the snow begins to fall, early October is a good time to ensure your home's heating system is ready for the long Colorado winter ahead. The experts at Grand Lake Plumbing and Heating recommend that homeowners perform some simple fall heating maintenance tasks to ensure that heating systems operate reliably and safely all winter long.
1. Replace Furnace Air Filters
One of the simplest ways to keep your furnace running at peak efficiency is to ensure that you change your air filter regularly. Your furnace will breathe easier, and so will you!
2. Check Your Thermostat Settings
If you have a programmable thermostat, check the timer function to ensure it's set to turn on and off at the proper time. A properly set thermostat will keep you comfortable and
3. Cleaning Your Furnace
Clean around your furnace and check that there is nothing obstructing the vents around the blower compartment. Have Grand Lake Plumbing and Heating perform a comprehensive heating system tune-up. We will perform a check for carbon monoxide and ensure your furnace is in good working order.
4. Air Vents
Check your home's supply and return air vents to ensure there are no obstructions and that the air is flowing freely.
Consider adding more insulation to your attic in order to increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Weather stripping is another relatively inexpensive way to keep the cold weather at bay this winter.
By law all homes in Colorado must have working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. Test your alarms monthly and ensure that fresh batteries are installed regularly.
It inevitably happens with every old furnace, you wake up on a freezing Colorado winter morning and your bedroom is ice cold. You turn the thermostat up, but there's nothing but silence. Your furnace has stopped working. If you're lucky, it's a simple, inexpensive fix. But if the furnace is getting up in years and needs extensive repairs, how do you decide if the advantages of installing a new furnace is a better solution than repairing the old unit and hoping it lasts through another long winter?