Once Fall comes and the weather starts cooling down, we assume that the heating in our homes will automatically do its stuff and keep us warm and toasty.
However, as homeowners we need to do our bit to make sure things happen smoothly:
Furnace and Heating System
If you haven’t had your furnace checked regularly over the year, then now is the time to call in a professional heating guy to do a Fall Check-up. This includes your furnace, ducting and hot water tank.
Check your pilot light is lit and the fireplace works without any funny smells. Otherwise, call a professional to check it out.
If you have a chimney that you use. Have it checked out for soot build-up, and have the external chimney stack checked for the integrity of the brickwork and grouting.
If nothing else, ensure you change your Furnace Filter every 2-3 months. This will keep the air in your home clean, and optimize the efficiency of your heating system. Preventative measures will prevent you having an emergency and being 50th in line when the cold weather hits.
Program your thermostat correctly for energy savings:
- Set at 21 degrees for daytime when you’re home.
- Set at 18 degrees for daytime if you’re at work.
- Set at 18 degrees at night-time.
Have us check the insulation in your roof. If your house always the first to lose snow off the roof, then this could be the problem – you’re losing your heat through the roof!
Do you have double glazed well-fitting windows that are caulked? Test for heat loss and drafts by holding a lighted match close to the edges of your windows & doors.
For other energy-saving tips, check out BC Hydro at: www.bchydro.com/powersmart/residential/guides_tips.html
If we can help you solve any of your maintenance issues, please call us at: 250-833-9446.