Fall Heating Checklist

Winter’s almost here. We’re here to help you enjoy your comfortable home and avoid costly repairs with our simple Fall Furnace and Boiler Tips.  

Here are some simple tips to keep your home heating systems working comfortably and efficiently all winter. 

Check Those Sneaky Energy Leaks

Make sure your house is not leaking:

  • Check doors and windows for drafts (light a match near the seal and see if it’s drafting)
  • Cold basements or floors- use closed cell foam around foundation rim of your foundation

Note: Many homes with basements finished after the initial installation might have inherited a system sized for the home before the addition. 

Furnace DIY Upkeep

  • Change your filter regularly: 1” filters are recommended monthly during operation seasons. Larger filters (4”-5”) can be changed 3 months during operation seasons.
  • We recommend writing the date on the filter and keeping a log/setting a reminder on your calendar.

Furnace Comfort tip: 

Upgrade to a programmable WiFi enabled thermostat.TRANE recommends a 4 degree Fahrenheit setback for optimal efficiency and comfort.  (You ask, “what does that mean?”.  If you like your home or office 72° make sure you keep the temperature approximately 68° when you’re away and you’ll find a quick return to your optimal temperature when you get home. More than 4° variation and you’re using more energy and taking too long to get your home to your most enjoyable temperature.

Boilers DIY Upkeep

  • Keep boiler area clean
  • Look for leaks
  • Operate all system valves to “off” and back “on”  to ensure they work when needed (should be done annually)
  • Check boiler pressure. ( 15PSI is optimal on most systems)

Keep Your Systems Running Longer

Join an Annual Maintenance Plan

Mountain Heating and Cooling offers a “Best Annual Maintenance Membership to keep your system in tip top shape and identify problems before they happen. Regular maintenance will give you the most value, lifespan and comfort out of your home comfort equipment. Besides who doesn’t love being a member of a great organization….we’ve got a great group of people to be on your home team here at Mountain Heating and Cooling.

For information on Maintenance Memberships visit https://mountainsheetmetal.com/maintenance/

Tips and information provided by Matt Wenger of Mountain Heating and Cooling.

Specializing in Forced Air, Localized Mini-Split Mitsubishi room, and Hydronic Radiant Floor and Baseboard solutions Mountain Heating and Cooling has served the Gallatin Valley since 1978

Want to find out more about optimizing, troubleshooting or updating your home’s heating system?  Reach out to Matt Wenger at Mountain Heating and Cooling.