Taking action to prepare your heating system for winter will keep you warm and will help you avoid expensive repair and maintenance bills later in the heating season. There are five ways you can prepare yourself for winter heating.
1) Have a Professional Check Your System
Even though the heating system may not be in use over the summer, parts wear and fail without warning. The heating element may not be adjusted properly to provide the most economical and efficient flame. A professional heating company can inspect your heating system and make any necessary adjustments or replace any parts that will cause a failure of the system in the time of greatest use.
2) Ensure Everything is Checked, Confirmed and Up-to-speed
While your professional heating service should have a comprehensive list of items to check, here are a few to ensure everything is ready to go
- Confirm operating pressure, the pressure should be between 0-12 pounds
- Ensure ventilation, this is vital as it’s the safe functioning of the flue
- The boiler should also be cleaned to so that it works efficiently and economically
- The boiler thermostat should be checked for the proper setting and to make sure it is working
- The electrodes should be cleaned
- Checking the Expansion Tank is appropriate
- And lastly, the water inlet pressure should be checked to be sure that the water pressure is not too high.
3) Check the Boiler for Efficient Burning of Gas
The boiler installation should be up to date with all safety standards. The boiler casing should be disassembled, and the parts housed in the casing should be checked for ineffective operation or dangerous malfunction. One important check to make is for overheating of the electrical components. Also, check if the timers and other on-board control devices are working effectively
4) Check Heating System Components for Leaks
The gas pipe seals should be checked for leaks, and the area checked for carbon monoxide penetration. Check the flue where it has seams and check the seal around the exit to ensure there are no leaks at the exit point.
5) Check the House Thermostat
Make certain that the thermostat is working, and that it is set at the correct temperature for maximum savings and efficiency. A thermostat is a money maker for the homeowner who takes the time to set it for maximum comfort with minimal costs. There is a compromise that will save up to 30 percent in the heating bill annually. There are several thermostats on the market, and some are programmable for automatic adjusting to different times of the day.
Boilers can be a source of heating problems if they are old or have not been cared for by a previous owner. Consider buying one of the new space saving boilers that will allow room for another work bench, or a closet or just a neater looking area. All of this, having a safe system and saving money too are good reasons to buy a new boiler.
An “A-rated” condensing boiler has fewer parts to cause trouble and it could be 90% more efficient. It has no pilot light which costs in the range of $75 to $90 to keep working. A boiler heating system that is older than 15 years may be wasting as much as 30 percent of every pound or dollar spent to heat your home. This money is actually leaving unnoticed through the flue.