In this installment of our Winterizing Your Home series, we’ll be focusing on the heart of your household during the winter season — the heating system. Just like your car, your heating system needs an occasional tune up. A well-tuned unit can save you up to 5% on energy costs during a typical Wisconsin winter. Of course, this savings also translates into fewer natural resources used to keep your home warm — which means you’re contributing to a healthier planet.
There are two options when it comes to tuning up your heating system: hire a professional, or do it yourself. Regardless of which option you choose, there are certain tasks that need to be accomplished.
Here’s a quick breakdown on what goes into a heating system tune-up:
- Visual inspection of the unit
- Removal of all covers
- Check filter(s)
- Inspect the blower
- Remove & clean the unit’s burners
- Careful reassembly of all components
- Perform safety tests to make sure the unit is working properly and safely
DIY Heating System Tune-up
If you’re handy, check out the article, How to Complete a Furnace Tune-up, over at DIY Network that takes you through the process step-by-step. Now, when it comes to dry cleaning, we’re eager to get involved. But in the case of a heating system tune up, most of the Klinke Cleaners staff agrees, we’d rather hire a professional.
Hiring an Expert
Most local HVAC companies will be happy to inspect your furnace. Some may even offer free or discounted inspections, depending on the time of year. Our advice would be to contact the heating and cooling company you typically use, and ask how they handle furnace inspections and tune ups. If you don’t have a go-to heating and cooling company, Facebook your friends and ask them who they use. Of course, you can also Google “HVAC,” and take a look at the local results that come up.
Bonus Tip —Boost Insulation
Now that you’ve got your heating unit all tuned up and fired up, it’s time to think about any areas of the home that may need additional insulation. Common areas that may need insulation include in-between walls, the attic floor, and the ceiling of your basement — which may have no insulation at all.
Be sure to review Energy Star’s Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency page to see if you qualify for reimbursement on insulation.
Want more money-saving strategies on keeping your home warm?
Feel free to check out Winterizing Your Home, Tip #1: Changing Your Furnace Filter.
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