Is your home ready for winter weather? If you haven’t turned your heat on yet, you may want to have your system inspected before you really need it. When you keep your heating system well-maintained and in good repair, there’s a good chance it will perform well. Since it’s not unusual for the power to occasionally go out during storms, you’ll also want to make sure your back-up generator is in good repair and that you have enough gasoline stored for up to a week or so.
Keeping Your Heating Systems in Good Repair
Do you have an efficient HVAC system? The experts recommend that you have maintenance inspections twice a year. This should be taken care of in the spring and fall so you’re prepared for hot and cold weather.
If you have a duct system, then you’ll want to have the ducts cleaned out once every three to five years. In this way, you’ll be able to maximize your system’s heating and cooling efficiency.
When you heat your home with solid-fueled heating equipment, it’s important to ensure that the creosote is cleaned on a regular basis. A failure to keep this equipment clean is the primary cause of 27% of home heating fires, particularly with chimneys. You’ll also want to schedule inspections twice a year. This can reduce the likelihood of soot building up on the burners. When gas valves are poorly adjusted, soot tends to build up.
Keeping Your Back-up Generators in Good Repair
During 2014 alone, all 50 states experienced some type of power outage. There were 3,634 power outages that affected approximately 14.2 million individuals. In some instances, these outages lasted more than 40 minutes and affected an average of 3,996 people’s households and businesses. Needless to say, when the power goes out, it can cause great difficulties for individuals and their families as well as business operations.
If you don’t already have a back-up generator, you may want to consider purchasing one. A small or mid-sized generator, for example, can provide between 3,000 to 8,500 watts. In order to power an entire house, which includes heating and air conditioning, you may decide to choose a larger, stationary generator. This is because these generators are usually able to provide 5,000 to 15,000 watts.
You may be interested to know that a 20 kilowatt generator will be able to keep about 80% of your household appliances running, such as your refrigerator and other important appliances. In order to keep them running optimally, portable generators will use about 22 gallons of gasoline every day.
In order to ensure that they’re function during a power outage, standby generators are programmed to operate on the regular basis. This may usually be once a week. In the event that your back-up generator doesn’t turn on automatically very often or at all, it would be a good idea to have it inspected to ensure that it works when you need it.