(NAPS ) Dont freeze up when it comes to servicing your heating system. A regular system check before the season will help your system work efficiently when the temperature starts to drop. Heres what to do to avoid wasting energy dollars:
First, check your house to determine how airtight and insulated it is, and then ask your heating contractor to check how efficiently your system provides heat.
Things to check for:
The R value (the relative value of your homes insulation) in areas like the basement, crawl space, attic, as well as in the living spaces;
Leaky seals or gaps around doors and windows; and
Ductwork for leaks.
Things you should discuss with your contractor to help identify problems in your home:
If there is moisture inside double-glazed windows or if they are cloudy; and
Whether the snow melts and refreezes directly on uncovered window ledges or similar places.
When checking your heating system, ask the contractor to determine:
If it is properly sized (one too large will do the job, but very expensively; and one too small incessantly cycles, running up bills while not delivering comfort);
Whether flues are properly vented so combustion by-products are not sucked into your home;
Whether a humidifier moisturizing air would make your home feel warmer;
If your systems air filter is clean; and
If there are small problems that could affect your entire heating system if uncorrected.
With proper care, corrective action and prevention, your heating system may provide you with affordable comfort. Dont put off a system checkup. Spending a few dollars this fall could save hundreds of dollars during the year.