The very best idea for heating maintenance is to schedule a system checkup with a service professional before the heating season starts. If there are any problems with your system, it’s better to find out before you need it!
Change your furnace filters each year. Dirty filters cause the unit to work harder and run less efficiently.
Don’t keep clutter near your furnace. It’s a fire hazard and may keep your system from operating efficiently.
To make sure you’re getting the most out of your heating system, keep the heating registers and vents throughout the house free of dust, dirt, and pet hair by vacuuming them at least once a year.
Listen for odd sounds when your heating or cooling system is running. If you hear anything unusual, get in touch with your service professional so you can head off problems before they become serious.
Have your fireplace/wood stove chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional every winter or more frequently depending upon use.
Check to ensure that combustible materials and surfaces (furniture, drapes, floors, walls, etc.) are sufficient distances away from the wood stove.
Examine the stove pipe for cracks, leaks, and signs of corrosion. Repair as necessary.
Check the seal around the wood stove door as well as the door locking mechanism. Repair as necessary.