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Make Sure Your Furnace or Boiler is Ready for Winter – Boston, Worcester

28 Aug 2013

Cooler weather is fast approaching and smart home owners are making sure that their furnaces are ready to perform properly and efficiently. Make sure you home is warm this winter and that your heating bills are as low as they can be.

Do you know if your furnace or boiler is working optimally and that you are not wasting energy? This will ensure that you are as warm as you can be this winter. Did you know that almost half of all heating equipment in our homes does not perform to its optimal standards and efficiency? This is mostly due to incorrect installation. And if you have an older heating system built before more modern efficiency standards, you could be spending more than you need to on heating your home this winter.

If your boiler or furnace needs to be replaced have it installed properly by a professional, certified technician.

Beyond that, there are some other steps to make your home warmer and more efficient:

Have your heating filters cleaned and check them every couple of weeks. Change them at least twice in the season, or as directed by the manufacturer.

Check and maintain insulation and add weather stripping and caulk around windows and doors. This can also improve a home’s insulation.

Turn down the thermostat or install a programmable thermostat.

Clean around the furnace or boiler. Don’t keep chemicals or cleaning products near a heater, and don’t store anything next to it that could impede ventilation.

Keep the vents and returns free of obstructions. Don’t lay carpet over vents, place furniture over or in front of them, or obstruct the flow of air.

Dry air feels cooler than moist air, so install a humidifier. A simple humidifier may make the home feel five degrees warmer than a home with dry air.

Have your heating system, furnace or boiler serviced regularly for optimal performance. Greater Boston Plumbing & Heating can service and repair all of your forced hot water boiler or steam boiler system issues. By making sure your heating system is operating properly you can maintain a warm, comfortable home while keeping heating costs down.

For more information, contact Greater Boston Plumbing & Heating.