Before the cold weather hits, it is in your best interest to perform a furnace maintenance checklist to ensure that your HVAC system is ready to handle the load it will be receiving throughout the winter months. It is important to perform these annual checks, as proper maintenance not only helps to make sure your furnace is operating efficiently, but also to extend the life of your HVAC equipment. All of this works to lower your energy consumption, which in turn works to reduce your monthly bill.
Step One – Contact Your HVAC Technician for an Annual Check-Up
It is always best to start off with a complete inspection of your HVAC system by a professional, qualified technician. Many HVAC service providers offer a preventative maintenance program that includes an annual pre-winter inspection. Don’t be afraid to ask questions while the technician is checking your equipment to get tips that will help you to keep your system running smoothly.
Step Two – Check Your Thermostat
Chances are you adjusted the desired temperature of your home during the summer months for cooling, so it is important to look at your settings to make sure you are ready for fall. Ask your technician for tips on settings to use that will help keep your warm and cozy, without over-taxing your system and increasing your utility bill. Consider adding a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature depending on the time of day. Studies show that homeowners can save as much as 10 percent by installing and effectively using a programmable thermostat.
Step Three – Perform Any Required Maintenance
If your technician tells you that basic maintenance needs to be performed on your HVAC equipment, make sure to do it as soon as you can – before the cold weather hits. Make sure that every moving part inside your furnace is properly lubricated. Components of a system that are not properly lubricated will increase energy consumption and can cause the parts to break down and wear out faster than usual.
Change out the air filters on your furnace and ask your technician how often you should change them out. A dirty filter can cause your system to work harder and increase your monthly bill. Most services recommend that you change your filters on a monthly basis during the fall and winter seasons, however if someone in your household suffers from allergies or asthma, you may want to change it out even more frequently. Again, check with your technician for information on any DIY maintenance.
Step Four – Get Your Home Energy Lines Inspected
Contact your energy provider to get all of your propane or home heating oil lines inspected for safe use during the fall and winter months. Again, check with your provider to find out if they have a preventative maintenance program or other related services available that will help reduce the amount of money you spend on inspections, while giving you year-round access to quality maintenance services. A faulty fuel connection can cause fire hazards, carbon monoxide leaks and has been attributed to other dangerous things. Columbus Energies provides this service as a part of their Preventative Maintenance Program to their customers.
Step Five – Sign Up for Automatic Delivery
You don’t ever want to be without home heating oil or propane in the middle of winter. It is important to find a provider that can offer an automatic delivery service. This convenient scheduled fuel delivery service will guarantee that you always have fuel in your tank. Columbus Energies in Swansea, Massachusetts, provides an Automatic Delivery Program that involves tracking your fuel supply and your usage history, along with external data, such as local weather information, to accurately estimate your current supply. They will deliver your fuel to ensure that your home always has a sufficient amount of oil or gas to keep you and your family warm and cozy all winter long.
Step Six – Get a Service Provider You Can Trust
Columbus Energies has been providing a wide array of energy-related services to customers throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island for over 50 years. Since 1960, the Macedonio family has owned and operated Columbus Energies, providing quality services to loyal customers.
Some of the services provided by Columbus Energies include:
- 24-hour emergency service for HVAC systems
- Home heating oil delivery with Automatic Delivery Service options
- Propane gas delivery with Tank Rentals and Gas Check Program options
- Preventative Maintenance Program to keep your appliances and equipment running efficiently
- Appliance installation of outdoor propane equipment and energy-efficient indoor propane equipment, including water heaters, room heaters, fireplaces and heating systems
- Propane tank installations with piping and plumbing services provided as-needed
- Affordable monthly payment programs… and a whole lot more!
About Columbus Energies
With a staff of 25 highly trained and dependable employees, Columbus Energies delivers home heating oil and propane to customers throughout the South Coast region. They also have a strategic partnership with ANCHOR Plumbing to provide a wide variety of heating, air-conditioning and plumbing services to their customers as well. In addition to these services, Columbus Energies also offers a comprehensive Preventative Maintenance Program to keep everything running effectively and efficiently.
Call Columbus Energies today at 1-877-674-1492 for more information about all of the services available in your area or to schedule an appointment for an annual check-up of your HVAC system. Don’t put off your fall furnace maintenance another day. Call Columbus Energies and get your home, equipment and appliances ready for the coming winter season!