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Heating System Maintenance and Upgrades Keep Your Home Warmer – Boston, Worcester

22 Nov 2013

It is getting cold. Now is the time to get your home prepped for the heating season if you have not done so already. The cooler temperatures are making your furnace work harder, but if you have not gotten your home, or your furnace, ready for winter, it is not too late.

Having your furnace professionally serviced will help it work more efficiently. Furnace maintenance means: clean the blower assembly, adjust the burners, clean the coils and heat exchanger, and perform other maintenance to help reduce your energy consumption. New high-efficiency natural gas furnaces and oil furnaces should be serviced annually.

Change the furnace filter: Be sure to change furnace filters monthly during the heating season. Filters play an important role by trapping dust particles that can affect the efficiency of your furnace and indoor air quality. Dirty filters make the furnace work harder to keep your house warm.

Upgrade your thermostat. If you have an older manually-operated thermostat, replace it with a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the settings so you won’t have to remember to do it yourself.

Prevent air leaks. Use caulk to seal the air leaks around windows and install weather stripping on doors to ensure the air you’re heating doesn’t escape. Inexpensive gaskets are also available that can be installed behind electrical outlets that are located on exterior walls. Warm air can leak from those as well.

Don’t use space heaters.  If possible, try not to use electric space heaters. It costs considerably more to heat your home with electricity. If you need a new steam heating system, hot water heating system or a new furnace, Greater Boston Plumbing and Heating can help you choose the most economical and efficient heating system for your home.

For more information on efficient home heating or heating system maintenance, contact us.

Excerpts – Tahoe Daily Tribune

Fall Furnace Maintenance Trims Heating Bills - Worcester, Boston

24 Oct 2013

Fall is here and the colder weather is on the way. If you want to cut down on your heating bills this winter, put heating system maintenance on your list of essential fall chores. Make your HVAC system work harder and smarter for you.

Annual heating system tune-ups are recommended to clear a year’s worth of dust and gunk from your furnace or boiler. During your heating system regular maintenance call, plumbers will check or replace air filters, oil filters, and nozzles; clean the heat exchanger; determine if the chimney needs to be professionally cleaned; adjust the burner; and test combustion safety. This maintenance is a good investment that can shave 3-8% off your heating bill and help you avoid costly crises in the dead of winter. Your furnace needs to keep you warm in the winter, Greater Boston Plumbing will keep your furnace running safely and efficiently. Our expert technicians repair, service and maintain gas furnaces of any make, model or brand.

It takes more than just a boiler or furnace to heat your home effectively, though.  The whole system includes pipes or ducts that distribute heat throughout your home; thermostats that control when the burner fires; and whole-house insulation that provides the context and keeps the heat where you want it. The fall is the perfect time to determine where your house is wasting energy. Plan improvements that help your whole house – not just your heating system – function at a higher level.

In fact, it’s not unusual for whole-house air sealing and insulation upgrades to cut heating and cooling costs by 25-50%. Even better, the improvements that dramatically reduce energy costs also make homes more comfortable year-round, treat basement moisture problems, and reduce the likelihood of ice dams.

Need a new, more efficient heating system, we can help with that too. Contact Greater Boston Plumbing and Heating.

Original article - BDNMaine


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