As temperatures start to take a dive, you may begin to worry about whether or not your home is ready for the cold season ahead. Here at Bartels Heating & Cooling, we get ready for the heating season by keeping our trucks well-stocked and giving all of our technicians the training they need to repair and maintain heaters. And as a homeowner, there are ways you can prepare your home for the changing of the seasons as well.
Install or Test Carbon Monoxide Detectors
While most homes have smoke detectors installed—and many people have heard that these need testing every month—a lot of homeowners are unaware of the importance of carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide detectors have recently become regulated, but not every home is required to have them.
However, these are lifesaving devices. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas that can potentially leak from gas heaters and appliances. You cannot detect it otherwise, so install detectors within 15 feet of bedrooms. Test them monthly by holding down the test button and listening for a beep.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
Professional heating maintenance service involves a series of tasks that average homeowners cannot take on by themselves. That’s because only qualified HVAC technicians know the ins and outs of heaters and are truly able to detect problems and make any necessary adjustments. A heating maintenance visit can help to improve efficiency and prevent repairs, so call local technicians today to set up your appointment ASAP.
If you have a forced-air heating system, like a furnace or a heat pump, then there should be filters in place to protect the heater from damage. These should be changed monthly, particularly if it’s been a long time since your furnace filters have been traded out. Dirty filters cause restrictions in airflow that could force a furnace to become overworked.
Contact Bartels Heating & Cooling for heating maintenance, system repair and replacement, and more. Qualified heating technicians are available to work on your heater in Oxford, OH.