Spring is underway and you’ve probably started cleaning and re-organizing every closet within an inch of its life after a long, cold and rainy winter. The heavy coats have been stored away to make room for those smart-looking light jackets. Now you are ready to shut down the heating system for the spring and summer months to save energy costs. That’s smart, but even smarter is bringing in a professional to inspect your entire heating system first. An inspection should be conducted in the spring when shutting it down and in the fall when starting it up.

Here’s why:

Avoid breakdowns and save money
Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home – typically making up about 54% of your utility bill. It makes sense to keep the system operating at its most efficient. Heating appliances – including gas- and oil-burning furnaces and boilers, wood-burning stoves and chimneys – should be serviced annually. These systems have been put through their paces and more during the fall and winter months. That means wear and tear on all the different pieces. Get a professional to look it all over.
Protect your home and family

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a very real danger. Your home should be outfitted with CO detectors, but regular maintenance heads off potential dangers. Damaged or poorly vented heating equipment units are often the culprits. Early detection during annual servicing will help you avoid a potentially dangerous situation.

Helpful tips on heating and cooling

Clean or replace air conditioner and furnace filters once a month or as recommended.

Make sure warm-air registers, radiators and baseboard heaters are kept clean and not blocked by furniture or drapes.

Take full advantage of your programmable thermostat to increase or decrease the temperature set point while you are sleeping or away from the house
Turn off exhaust fans within 20 minutes of use in the kitchen and bathroom. When it’s time for a new exhaust fan, consider installing a high-efficiency, low-noise model.

In the winter months, open draperies and shades on south-facing windows during the day capture the heat of the sun. During summer, keep the window coverings closed to block the sun’s heat.

Select energy-efficient models when purchasing new heating and cooling equipment.

Lewis MacLean has served Langley, Surrey, Abbotsford and the surrounding areas for over 50 years with a full range of expert plumbing and heating services. To schedule your boiler or furnace inspection or maintenance, call us toll free at 604-310-9625