5 Ways to Ready Your Home Heating System for Winter

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams

There are three words no homeowner wants to hear in winter: “The heat’s out.” That’s exactly what can happen if you don’t maintain your heating system, say the experts at the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). To ensure that doesn’t happen, AHRI’s experts recommend the following prep list.


1. Call the ProsHave your heating system serviced ahead of winter to keep it operating efficiently all season long. Consult the database of certified professionals at NATEX.org (North American Technician Excellence [NATE]) for a technician in your area.


2. Clear the Pump – Remove debris that may have accumulated around the heat pump throughout the year—leaves and the like can block air flow through the outdoor unit, reducing its efficiency.


3. Install a Smart Thermostat – Set up a programmable thermostat to not only maximize energy savings, but also to keep your house’s structure and systems protected while you’re not home.


4. Remove Obstructions – Move furniture away from baseboards, radiators or vents to keep heat flowing freely throughout the home—obstructed airways can result in higher energy consumption.


5. Replace the Filter – Swap out the filter in your heating system according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A clogged filter can muck up the heat exchanger with dust; a fresh filter can reduce energy consumption by as much as 15 percent.


Hope these tips were helpful! Winter is just around the corner and if you’re looking to sell - or buy! - that warm & cozy home, please contact me, Karen Borden, your North Alabama Real Estate Expert!


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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Karen Borden Excellent tips to prepare a home heating system for winter.

Nov 16, 2016 09:26 AM #1
Shaun Smith
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Apr 10, 2017 11:00 PM #2

Checking heating oil prices online can be time consuming. Make a list of the ones that allow you to get an instant quote without having to phone up and wait in a queue. I use https://www.rix.co.uk/heating-oil/ to check the seasonal prices. Anyone use any others?

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