Heating Maintenance Tips
Keeping your heating in good working order means your fuel oil bills will be lower, your home will be more comfortable, and you’ll need to call for repairs less often.
Schedule a maintenance service call before the heating season starts. If there are any problems with your system, it’s better to find out before it’s freezing outside!
Filters Replace your heating air filters every month that they’re in use. Operating your system with old, dirty filters means energy is wasted and your system may even be damaged. While you’re at it, check and clean the filters in your home’s air cleaners and humidifiers.
System Checks If you have a forced air heating system, check your furnace’s blower compartment and blower coils. Vacuum them if you see dirt and dust there.
- If you have a steam system, drain low water cut off weekly and maintain water level.
- Visually inspect for leaks daily. Bleed hot water system radiators at least once a year.
- Don’t keep clutter near your furnace. It’s a fire hazard, and may keep your system from operating efficiently.
- To make sure you’re getting the most out of your heating system, keep the heating registers and vents throughout the house free of dust, dirt, and pet hair by vacuuming them at least once a year.
- Vacuum lint and dust from baseboard fins annually.
- If you have a hot water baseboard system located in or near a laundry room, vacuum dust and lint from oil burner weekly.
- Listen for odd sounds when your heating system kicks in. If you hear anything unusual, get in touch with your service professional so you can head off problems before they become serious.
- In winter months, set your ceiling fan at its slowest speed and reverse it in order to gently push warm air down from the ceiling without generating a breeze.