The arrival of colder weather means the windows are closed and the heat is running. Unfortunately, running the heat nonstop can also expose weaknesses within the system, from leaky ductwork to dirt-filled chimneys. Although it is best to have inspections completed before the start of each new season, it is better to schedule one mid-season rather than skipping it entirely. You do not want to chance being left in the cold in the coming months. For homeowners in Ocean County, NJ, and the surrounding areas, follow this winter home heating inspection checklist to keep your family safe and warm all season long:
Eliminate Air Leaks
Upgrading to newer, more energy-efficient windows is typically a warm weather task. However, there are several ways that you can help winterize your existing windows, which may be producing costly drafts. For starters, remove any window air conditioning units and store them for the season. Consider caulking inside window frames or adding plastic sheeting to eliminate air leaks. Next, have an HVAC technician inspect and seal all heating pipes and air ducts. Since your unit will not have to work as hard to keep the house warm, your utility bill may be much lower than it was last year.
Improve Air Flow
After eliminating drafts and leaks, you should turn toward improving the airflow within the system. Doing so will help your home heat evenly and without making the unit work overtime. Start by replacing the air filter, which should be cleaned or changed every one to two months. Next, check ducts and vents for any blockages. In addition, consider changing your furniture placement to accommodate vents. Large pieces of furniture could be restricting airflow even if they are not blocking a vent directly.
Heater Tune Up and Maintenance
Whether you have a furnace or oil heater, you should schedule an inspection by professional heating service technicians each season to ensure the system works correctly with maximum efficiency. Professional maintenance and servicing can help reduce your energy bill and extend the lifespan of your HVAC system.
Types of maintenance can include:
- Looking for signs of oil leaking
- Checking for cracks along connection points
- Removing blockages such as dirt and dust buildup
- Inspecting chimneys, vents, and flues
- Examining safety devices and the heat exchanger
You or the technician should also clean dust and debris away from the heating unit itself. A bit of cleaning and TLC will help keep air moving efficiently throughout the entire system.
Have Help on Hand
In order to truly settle into your home for the winter, you should feel confident that your unit could stand up to any weather. Ensure the fuel storage tank is set, order more fuel if needed, and have an emergency number on hand in case something happens. For initial winter home heating inspections, fuel sales, and unit repairs in Ocean and Monmouth counties, contact Point Bay Fuel. Call us today at (732) 349-5059 or fill out our online contact form to discuss your home or business needs.