By preparing your heating system for winter, you'll reduce energy costs and improve home comfort.
This time of year is a good time to think about home heating and indoor air quality and temperature even if the temperatures are still mild. The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace/heating system on a cold night, and find that it doesn’t work.
In September and October each year you need to prepare for upcoming cold nights and also consider indoor air quality. In providing the best service and maintenance to customers in the lower mainland, Heritage Mountain Heating and Cooling has provided these HVAC tips and ideas for your home comfort and reducing your monthly utility costs.
- Schedule a Heating System Tune-up: If you don’t have a service contract that automates the service aspect of system maintenance, Fall is the best time to call us to schedule a tune-up. System maintenance can help identify problems in advance and prevent break downs and expensive, emergency repairs. Routine maintenance can also help improve system performance which translates to lower operating costs. To schedule a tune-up or sign up for a service contract, contact us today.
- Replace your Filters: Time filter replacement to correlated with the changing of your clocks in both Spring and Fall but remember sometimes twice per year is often not enough. Lack of regular filter changes not only increases monthly utility costs because the system labours harder - drawing more energy and increasing cost, but it also leads to system failures and expensive emergency repairs. If you change your filter regularly – 3 or 4 times a year, you'll enjoy the benefits of cleaner air, energy savings and a well operating heating system - for years to come. To schedule a filter change and servicing or to sign up for a service contract, contact us today.
- Consider a Generator: Thousands of Lower Mainland residents have been negatively impacted by serious wind storm damage. Generators are a great back up plan in the event of an emergency power outage Consider purchasing a generator to help mitigate the losses you may incur if another major storm hits the Vancouver area of BC. Heritage Mountain Heating and Cooling can offer advice on a variety of options from large to small - we help homeowners prioritize the things that must be operational vs. the things that would be a luxury to have when a major storm hits. If you have a generator - remember to have it maintained just as you would with any other major home system (ex. heat pump, furnace). Schedule a routine maintenance inspection with us to ensure that your system will be operational when you need it most. Always make sure you have enough fuel to keep it running when you need it.
- Maintain the Area Around your Heat Pump: If you have an outdoor unit it is important to keep the area clear of debris such as branches, leaves and excess dirt. The sides of a heat pump require up to 18 inches of clearance for proper performance. Greenery – even grass clippings – that are too close to the unit may interfere with performance and cause the system to work harder, drawing more energy and lead to system break down. For more advice contact Heritage Mountain Heating and Cooling today.
- Check your PVC Side Wall Venting for High Efficiency Propane or Natural Gas Equipment: If your PVC inlet or exhaust flue venting exit your home near ground level, be sure to keep that area clear of any leaves or debris. Also check this area for snow drifts. Any obstructions to those vents may put your equipment into a lock-out and cause a serious lack of heat or hot water. Heritage Mountain Heating and Cooling is able to identify your home's system infrastructure and provide custom advice, saving you time and money in the future.
- Add Insulation to your Attic: A well sealed, well insulated and properly ventilated house provides year round comfort. In Canada, R values and their metric equivalent, RSI values, are a way of labelling the effectiveness of insulating materials. The higher the R value or RSI value, the more resistance the material has to the movement of heat. Insulation products sold in Canada are labelled with R and RSI values. Provincial building codes specify minimum R (or RSI) values for new construction, with different values for different applications. When planning new construction, it's important to know what your local building code requires for insulation. The installation also plays a large role in its effectiveness. Compressing insulation, leaving air spaces around the insulation and allowing air movement in the insulation all reduce the actual R value of the insulation rating. For more professional advice on home comfort contact us, we are here for you 24/7.