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Get Your Heating System Ready in 5 Simple Steps

It’s time to start thinking about your home’s heating system. If you wait until it’s freezing out, you’re going to be in for an unpleasant surprise. Taking a few minutes out of your weekend to get the system and the equipment up and ready to go will save you headaches down the road. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Bring in the Professionals: sure, there’s lots you can do on your own to save a few bucks, but having an expert come in to assess the situation and perform a tune-up is vital. This will help keep it running smoothly and efficiently all winter long.

  2. Change the Filters: here’s something you can definitely do on your own. Clean or replace the filter and then bleed the radiators. How? Start the boiler and let it heat up. The open the valve on each radiator and have a bucket close by to catch the excess water. Close the valve when it’s all water coming out and no air.

  3. Have a Programmable Thermostat Installed: improving efficiency will lead to saving money and who doesn’t like that? Make your system smarter by installing a programmable thermostat.

  4. Put Your Ceiling Fans in Reverse: this will help bring heat back down from the ceiling to the living areas of your home. The result? You’ll feel warmer so you can lay off the thermostat for a while.

  5. Safety is Key: check for cracks or holes in the exhaust of your furnace. Carbon monoxide can leak into the air so you’ll want to have them patched up right away. In addition, have smoke and CO detectors installed near bedrooms and the heater.

Ready to schedule a tune-up? Call on the heating experts at Uptown today! (612) 324-1004.

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