Pretty soon, the snow will start falling and DC residents will be spending a lot more money heating their homes. Rather than waiting for the winter weather to arrive, homeowners should begin the process of insulating their home and updating their heating systems now.
This begs the question, however, of what residents should actually do? A good plan is to improve your house's insulation and energy efficiency as a way of hedging against rising energy prices. How does one do this? Nashoba Publishing, a New England news site, has some answers:
- Check your furnace and make sure it is clean, that the thermostat works and that the filter is replaced. An unclean furnace will both burn less efficiently and corrode over time. If your furnace is more than 15 years old, it may be time to call an Arlington, VA heating repair contractor to have a new one installed.
- Clean your chimney before you begin regularly using the fireplace. You may want to consider having the top of the chimney screened.
- Inspect your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to ensure that they are functioning properly. These are particularly important if you have a heating system relying on natural gas as most people in the DC area do.
If you'd like to have your heating system inspected before the winter snow arrives, make sure you contact John C. Flood today. We'll have one of our Virginia heating repair specialists schedule an appointment at your convenience and make sure your system is functioning properly. We can also sign you up for an Energy Management Plan that includes discounted maintenance and regular inspections of your home for any maintenance needs.