You’ve seen the forecast, so you know what’s coming. We expect extremely cold temperatures to make their appearance in New Britain CT each winter, but when the low temp drops into the single digits, or even below zero, it can be challenging to keep our homes warm and cozy. Your furnace or boiler is working around the clock to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help keep the heat IN and the cold OUT of your West Hartford CT home.
A dirty filter is one of the top causes of heating system malfunction. When it’s freezing cold outside, your furnace needs all hands on deck, and a clean air filter will help prevent your furnace from working harder than it needs to heat your home comfortably in New Britain CT.
Higher efficiency systems vent outside. Typically, these vents will be located near ground level and can easily become obstructed by ice and snow. The area around the vents must be clear so your furnace can vent properly. Inside your home, make sure all registers are open, even if it’s just a crack. Fully closing registers, even in unused rooms, can lead to pressure problems that affect your system. You can adjust them to reduce airflow - just don't shut them off completely.
The higher demand on your furnace can cause additional strain on the system. As a safety precaution, test carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they operate correctly and replace the batteries if needed.
You may have heard that to save on energy, you should turn your heat down when you aren't home. Though there is truth to this during “normal weather,” when we hit subzero temperatures outside in New England, it is not recommended. Keep your thermostat settings within 3-5 degrees of your desired at-home temperature. Sharper decreases in temperature will put additional stress on the system when you crank the thermostat back up, and it will lead to a spike in energy use, too.
Annual maintenance will help keep your boiler or furnace operating at peak efficiency. During a furnace tune-up, our highly skilled and professionally trained technicians will give your system a thorough cleaning and inspection to help increase efficiency (and your comfort), decrease energy use, reduce breakdowns, and help promote longer system life. If you have a gas furnace, we will also do a thorough safety inspection and carbon monoxide test to help keep your family comfortable and safe. For added peace of mind, after we complete your furnace maintenance, we cover your system with our No-Hassle, Money-Back Guarantee!