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Winter can be magical and enjoyable. You and the family not only get to enjoy skiing. You also get to cherish those cool evenings in front of a roaring fire, yummy hot cocoa in hand. But the cold season can also bring difficulties. These not only include icy roads and seemingly endless snow shoveling, but also freezing temperatures — even indoors.
And what do you do when it’s cold inside? You turn up the heat, maybe more than the usual. This can put a lot of stress on your furnace, so it works overtime to keep you warm. While the heat’s comfortably up in your home, you can expect your bill at the end of the month to be up, too.
But, sometimes, a hefty bill is the least of your problems with an overworked furnace. Sometimes a stressed furnace can give way to a gas leak; when your heating system runs on gas and releases carbon monoxide, it will put you at risk.
Fortunately, you can keep your energy costs down, and your family safe using a few preventive measures. One such measure is getting a simple annual inspection done. You can have your furnace checked every year to detect any defects or potential problems.
When your furnace inspector detects a problem, immediate repair follows saving you future headaches, not to mention hazards, with the heating system. Timely furnace repairs can also keep the crucial home appliance running at its peak.
Another key thing to do with your heating system is to implement proper maintenance, which includes cleaning the unit. Dirt is bad for your furnace. It wastes energy and makes your heating unit underperform. Dirt in the heating unit also explains a higher than usual bill.
Getting regular heating service is another aspect to maintenance. It can determine if the control, or thermostat, is running properly, and root out other problems.
To protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning, you can install reliable carbon monoxide alarms in your home. These alarms can alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide in the home, allowing you to safely evacuate and call the proper authorities.
You can turn down the thermostat when you are sleeping or not at home to reduce your energy bills. Turn down your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees, for eight hours a day, and you can reduce your heating bill by 10%.
Take the difficulties out of winter. Keep your furnace at top condition. Maintain cost efficiency. And keep your home safe.