Winterizing your HVAC system

When we think of winter, we often look forward to gleaming banks of snow and hot cocoa by the fire. But, with freezing temperatures comes a huge strain on your heating systems. Complicated machines need maintenance to make sure they work when you need them to. Even though we’ve already seen snow on the ground, it’s not too late to plan ahead and get your furnace tested!

Keep the outside air out and the inside air in

We talk about this a lot, but one of the most important elements of energy savings is to ensure there are no air leaks in your home. During the cold season, warm air will escape out of any cracks and can make your heating system work harder and cost you more to heat your home. Use caulk to seal cracks and openings between stationary house components, like a door frame or weatherstripping to seal components that move like an operable window.

Replace your filter

During the winter, one of the most important and simple ways to keep your HVAC system in top shape is by maintaining the filters. Filters that are properly chosen and cleaned/replaced can have a huge impact on your energy costs, the quality of air in your home, and the efficiency of your system.

Filters should be replaced or cleaned, depending on your type of filter, about every three months. By keeping your filters maintained, you will not only have your home more primed for winter, but if you or a family member suffer from allergies, it’s even more important in the winter to make sure the allergens are filtered out of your home, as you spend more time stuck indoors.

Do a little clean up

When your furnace is dormant, it’s easy to let clutter gather up around it, however it is so important to remove all flammable objects from around your furnace and water heater. This tip seems obvious, but can be very dangerous for your home. Look for paper products, boxes, aerosols, and other dry or chemical items, especially if your furnace or water heater are kept in a small room.

Show some TLC to your furnace

The humble furnace is often forgotten for most of the year, until the chill in the air becomes intense enough that you reluctantly switch on the heat. Autumn is the ideal time for a maintenance check, allowing sediment build-up to be cleaned out, reducing the risk of becoming a fire-hazard, as well as for all the nuts, bolts and wiring to be inspected!

At BNG, we believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! And even though winter has already arrived, it is not too late for preventative maintenance to your heating systems. Of course, all that being said, a preventive maintenance plan is only as good as the people you have carrying it out. That’s where BNG comes in. We have 150 years of combined experience serving you. We want you to make your home as comfortable as possible because we know you have better things to worry about than your HVAC system, like getting your kids to school on time.

Contact us at one of our four locations to get a free estimate from our expert technicians on service or repair.

Do A Preseason Tune-Up To Prepare Your Heating System For The Onslaught Of Winter

If you are such a busy person, then you will be surprised when winter approaches yet you have not confirmed whether your heating system is in proper condition. The best time to verify whether your heating system is working properly is during autumn well before the cold drafts kick in. This article gives you a check list to refer to for your preseason check.

Before the winter sets in and you switch on your system. The inspection and tune-up of your heating system needs to be done thoroughly. There are specific things that have to be done whether you are using a heat pump, natural gas, or oil.

You need to check for leaking pipes. It is easier with a heat pump because the signs of leaking will be clearly visible in form of oil stains. It is more difficult when it comes to a gas heating unit. You will have to find a way to notice any bubbles from the pipe. One way to do this is by using a soap solution or a gas leak detection fluid. For an electrical system, you need to verify the integrity of the wires to make sure they are not frayed or corroded in any way. This is one reason why it is advisable to use a technician to perform a routine heating maintenance procedure because he or she comes with all the tools needed for the job.

One of the best components of any home during winter is the ventilation system. The ventilation of your heating unit needs to be working properly to prevent buildup of poisonous carbon monoxide in the home. You need to make sure that the vent pipes are intact and not broken in any place. It is also a good idea to have a carbon monoxide detection tool to help you notice any leakage in the system throughout the winter.

The next component that needs your inspection is the air filter. You need to be sure that you are starting the winter with a fully functional and clean filter. If you have not changed it in the past 3 months, then it is advisable that you buy a new one. While checking out the filter, make sure that you take this opportunity to remove any debris, dust, and dirt from the whole unit. This will make the preseason system check easier and faster.

It is a good idea to have a professional to check your heating system before winter sets in. This way, when you switch on and test the unit the technician will be able to tell you the condition of the unit. If it is not in good shape, the necessary steps will be taken to rectify the problem. If you want to guarantee your warmth throughout the cold season without any worries, then have your heating system checked before winter.