How to Make Sure Your Heating System Is Ready for Winter

There’s a familiar chill in the air. Winter is just around the corner, and in Delaware and Maryland, that means snow storms, freezing temperatures, and more work for your heating system. Is your furnace or boiler up to the challenge?

Preparing Your Heating System for Winter

Make sure your heating system is prepared for the onslaught of cold winter weather by following these tips.

Change your air filter.

In most HVAC systems, the air conditioner and furnace blow air through the same filter. So, yours is probably pretty dirty after using the air conditioning all summer! We recommend changing your filter on a monthly basis to keep your indoor air cleaner and to reduce strain on your furnace. Start the heating season off with a clean filter, and buy a few extras so you have them on hand throughout the winter.

Test your thermostat.

You don’t want to wait until it’s 10 degrees outside to turn your heat on and find out it’s not working appropriately! Do a test run now before it gets too cold. Turn the thermostat up, and make sure the heat kicks on and actually heats your home to that temperature. If the air coming out of the registers does not warm up—or if your heat turns off before the temperature set on the thermostat is reached—call your HVAC company to make repairs. Peninsula is available 24/7 for emergency heat repairs.

Uncover your vents or radiators.

Make sure there is no furniture blocking your registers and vents. This can impede the flow of air and keep your home from heating evenly. Blocked vents can even cause your furnace to work too hard and overheat! If you have a boiler system with radiators, remove anything that’s on top or next to the radiators so it does not melt or burn.

Inspect your chimney.

If your heating system vents out a chimney, make sure there are no birds nests or other obstructions blocking the chimney. The same goes for if your system vents out a PVC pipe. A blocked ventilation system can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, so take this matter seriously!

Check your carbon monoxide detector.

Your carbon monoxide detector is not technically part of your heating system, but it’s essential for keeping you safe when your heating system is operating. Push the “test” button to ensure the detector is working properly. Put in a fresh set of batteries so you can be sure they’ll last the winter. If the alarm ever goes off, find somewhere else to stay until you can have your heating system inspected and repaired. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly, so this is an important step in keeping your home safe this winter.

Schedule a maintenance appointment.

It’s a good idea to have your heating system inspected and tuned up annually. A lot of heating issues go undetected until they leave you without heat at two in the morning, but having your system inspected by a reliable HVAC company like Peninsula ensures they are caught and addressed early.

Peninsula’s heating maintenance technicians can make sure that:

  • The water level in your boiler is appropriate
  • Your burner is clean and free of rust
  • The belt in your blower unit is in good shape
  • Ball bearings are not wearing out
  • Furnace parts are lubricated appropriately
  • Your thermostat is properly connected to your furnace or boiler
  • Gas lines are secure and free of leaks

We will put your furnace and air conditioner through a full 15-point checklist to ensure it’s operating safely and efficiently.

Call Peninsula for Your Heating Needs in MD & DE This Winter

Is your heating system in need of a tune-up or repair before winter? Contact Peninsula online or call us at 302-262-8254. We’re proud to offer prompt and reputable heating repair services to the Delaware-Maryland peninsula area.

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