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Preparing Your Furnace for Winter

Three Important Maintenance Tips for the Heating Season

Very few things are worse than a furnace breakdown in the middle of winter. Heating problems leave you shivering in your own home, and long furnace downtime can lead to frozen and broken pipes; a big issue for any functional household. Avoid the stress and inconvenience of a broken furnace by following these simple tips.

1. Changing Air Filters

Inspect your filters every month, and change them after three months or as needed to keep them free of thick dust. If you have pets, you might need to replace the filters more often. Clogged filters block airflow, which will affect the output of your furnace. Clogged HVAC filters can also cause the unit to overheat. Most new systems will shut off automatically to prevent mechanical damage. If you’re having trouble with your furnace, check the air filter first.

2. Scheduling Tune-ups

Investing in a professional tune-up is the best way to prepare your furnace for the long heating season in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Your Dupuis Energy technician will inspect each part of the system to ensure its safe operation. Combustion components require special attention. The gas or oil line and valves need to be inspected. Fuel filters should be replaced. The burner, nozzles and heat exchanger should be cleaned. The exhaust vent must be checked to make sure that carbon monoxide isn’t released into your home. Your Dupuis Oil service person can help you get everything sorted out with your HVAC system.

3. Thermostats, Deadly Gases, & Batteries

If your thermostat uses batteries, fall is a good time to replace them. Low batteries are a common and avoidable cause of service calls. Remember to also test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in the autumn; carbon dioxide can build up in a space more than normal in the winter and you want to always have an active warning system. Although HVAC tune-ups reduce the risk of deadly gases entering your living space, you should have a carbon monoxide detector in your basement and on every level of your home to protect your family.

It’s the perfect time to schedule a furnace tune-up. Combining your fuel delivery and furnace tune-ups is a great way to save money and ensure that your furnace is properly maintained. Contact us to learn more, and check our service pages for practical information.

Affordable Cold Weather Comfort

Survive the Chill Without the Freezing Your Funds

When winter rolls around, the snowy sights may be picturesque, but nothing is as lovely as a warm and comfortable home. No matter how much of a cold weather enthusiast you are, you can’t deny the importance of being able to retreat to your private heated sanctuary. Proactive home maintenance makes it easy and economical to maintain your paradise. Follow these simple tips from Dupuis to learn how you can save on your energy bills while staying toasty all season long.

Start Weatherproofing Where the Boundaries End

You and your family aren’t the only things that make use of your front door, windows and garage. Heat energy also passes through these portals unless you take steps to halt its progress.

Go on an inspection tour of the outermost edges of your home. Feel in front of and around windows and doors for drafts. Also check the edges where walls, floors and ceilings meet for cracks, and ensure that your weather stripping creates tight seals. Sealing up these points will help the money you pay for heating go much farther.

Get to Know Your Ventilation and Heater Better

Good seals aren’t just important in the spaces that you’re trying to heat. They also play a vital role inside your heating system itself. When your heater has to pump extra air through leaky vents just to warm up your rooms, it uses more energy, and your climate control costs skyrocket.

Of course, nobody’s suggesting that you crawl through your vents action-movie-style in order to hunt for cracks. On top of performing visual inspections in areas that you can readily access, you can simply pay attention to how your system operates. Behaviors like being unable to reach temperatures or cycling on and off repeatedly are usually good indicators of inefficient thermostat or furnace operation. If you notice them, you’re overdue for a maintenance call.

Don’t Take Building Materials for Granted

What’s going on inside your walls? If you’re like most homeowners, these hidden inner volumes contain one of many forms of insulation. The only question is whether it’s actually doing its job properly.

While it’s impossible to gauge the effectiveness of your insulation through simple visual inspections, problems often make themselves evident. For instance, if you observe that a section of wall is notably colder than others nearby, the insulation in that area may have degraded to the point where it no longer functions at peak efficiency.

Booking a professional energy audit is always a solid game plan. In addition to highlighting problems, audits make it easier to capitalize on the benefits of heating your home with cost effective, readily available fuels. To learn more about how the audit process complements maintenance and fuel delivery plans to keep your heating running as cost-effectively as possible, contact Dupuis energy today.