Prepare Your Furnace or Boiler for Winter

There is nothing like a Toronto winter. As temperatures drop utility bills increase. If you prepare your home heating system (furnace or boiler) in advance and maintain it properly, you can reduce electricity consumption and extend the life of your system.

house in winterHeating Preventative Maintenance

Many furnaces or boilers can last as long as 20 years before they need to be replaced. It’s advisable to have a certified technician examine your furnace or boiler to ensure it’s functioning efficiently and safely. If it’s not, and it’s time for a replacement, we can provide you with a furnace or boiler that fits for your home heating needs.

There are several things you can do to maximize your comfort all winter long.

Change Your Filter

We all forget to do it, but one of the easiest things you can do is replace an old filter. Be sure to replace or clean your filter every 1 – 3 month for optimal efficiency.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

Older thermostats that use mercury can be very inaccurate. This means that you can set the temperature to what you think is adequate, but in reality the heat will exceed your desired temperature, causing you unnecessary usage of gas and electricity. By upgrading your thermostat to a digital one you ensure accurate temperature levels, and maximum comfort. Additionally, digital thermostats can be programmed so you can set your heating to automatically come on before you wake or return home and automatically turned down when you leave to work.

Clean Your Heating Ducts

If you have air ducts, they be cleaned periodically to allow efficient heating and provide fresh, clean air. Dirty and damaged ducts can raise your heating bills by restricting the flow of air of by blowing wasted warm air. In addition, check to make sure the ducts are properly insulated so air won’t seep out of them.

Proper maintenance is the best way to keep your furnace or boiler operating as its best. If you think you may have a problem, call AirPlus Heating & Cooling Inc.

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