At the first sign of a winter chill, it isn’t recommended to turn on your home heating system after sitting unused for an entire year. Systems malfunction, parts fail and trying to use a heater for the first time during a cold snap might lead to a costly breakdown or even worse, a fire. On average 40lbs of dust and debris can accumulate year-round. This can settle into the ductwork and create blockages as well as fire-related issues.
What We Recommend
Ensure proper home heating maintenance for the winter season
With furnace fires, something as simple as a ball of lint trapped in the heating ducts can start trouble. Thus, routine maintenance is key. Having an HVAC professional check your ductwork for any obstructions or buildup and performing a careful inspection to make sure everything is up to code. At Bruno, we perform a 51-point inspection to ensure all moving parts are functioning properly.
Make sure your air filter is new and clean before you try to start your home heating system. It’s a small task that can make a big difference in safety, not to mention the health of your family and friends by providing improved air quality. At Bruno we’re happy to show you how to complete these easy tasks. Check out our helpful step-by-step video on home heating maintenance and how to change your air filter.
One of the more obvious examples, but an easy thing to forget. Be extra careful with how close your heater is to chemicals or flammable materials. This can be an incredibly dangerous situation if left unattended. Give your unit a good amount of room on all sides from any clutter to avoid any issues.
Take a look at the registers in each room throughout your home and open the registers, even if the room is unused. Many people will close registers in unused rooms to save money. Doing so will actually make your HVAC unit run less efficiently. Make sure no dust or debris is clinging to the metal grates. If so, wipe them down with a damp cloth.
Once these steps have been completed, you’re ready to test your system! Turn your unit on and set your thermostat to heat mode. This will show the accuracy of your home heating maintenance calibration. If you don’t have any issues, then you’re prepared for the cold weather and you can be confident that you’ll be warm inside!
Let’s get you warm while staying safe! Call us today at 239-59- BRUNO and for a special price of only $49.99!
We will perform our 51 point inspection and ensure your comfort. Just mention code: WarmandSafe