The registrar of National Day Calendar has designated September 25th of each year as National Tune-Up Day. This day recognizes the importance of preparing your home for the cold weather season by properly maintaining your heating system.
It is recommended that homeowners tune up their heating systems every year in advance of seasonal changes to ensure that the systems are operating as efficiently and safely as possible. A heating system tune-up, performed by a professional service technician will vary depending upon the type of system in your home, but it can include removal of dust and dirt in your vents, checking to make sure all your vents are not blocked or leaking and your fuel-jets are working properly. Combustion gases should be analyzed and compared to the specifications of your furnace. The blower access door needs to be checked to assure a tight seal at the furnace. Fresh air intake grills should be checked for blockage, burners need to be checked for proper ignition and flame. The drainage system should also be checked for blockage and leakage. Drains and traps also need to be checked. In addition, the blower wheel and motor, wiring and all filters should also be checked for corrosion and damage. Heating contractors have an extensive checklist they will complete when doing your furnace tune-up.
A heating system tune-up saves energy and reduces heating costs. It is an inexpensive way to help prevent a system breakdown in the coming months. With ENERGY STAR reporting that 29 percent of the energy used in the home is for heating, a professional tune-up will help assure that the heating system is running efficiently. Tune-ups can also help protect families from the dangers of carbon monoxide, which pose a health threat when the heating system flue or vent becomes blocked from debris or other material.
HomeServe recommends the following list of items be performed during a gas heating system tune-up:
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