How To Prepare Your Furnace For Winter

prepare furnace for winter new yorkWe’ve entered a very busy time of year, what with holiday preparations and everything that goes with the holiday season.

But there’s one thing that needs to be at the top of your to-do list: making sure your furnace is ready for the cold winter we get in the Hudson Valley and Catskills.

The last thing you want as your family gathers together is for the furnace to conk out.

Here are five things you can do to make sure your home is kept cozy and warm no matter what Old Man Winter sends our way.

Schedule your annual maintenance NOW

An annual maintenance service does several things. It gets your furnace running at its best efficiency. This is also an opportunity for our service technicians to spot small problems before they become big ones that can cause your heating system to break down. And it helps to keep your heating system’s warranty valid.

The closer we get to winter, the more likely Bottini Fuel service technicians are going to be dealing with emergency repair calls on top of appointments for annual tune-ups. Getting your furnace serviced sooner means you won’t have to wait.

Make this step even easier on yourself with a Bottini Fuel service plan. All of our plans include an annual tune-up.

Update your thermostat

A common thing people forget this time of year is to change their thermostat settings. Make sure you turn it to “heat” or “warm.” Adjust the temperature settings to reflect your heating needs for winter. This is also a great time to upgrade to a programmable thermostat, which helps you use your furnace more efficiently and can save you big bucks on heating bills.

Replace your air filter

This is something else people often forget to do, and it can create big problems in your furnace. Dirty air filters make your furnace run less efficiently. Also, dust and dirt can get into the furnace and damage parts. Many air filters need to be changed every three months. However, if you have pets or if someone in your home has allergies or a respiratory condition, you will need to do it more frequently, like once a month. While you’re getting a new furnace filter, get enough of them to see you through the winter. That way, you can change your filter without having to go into the cold.

Check the chimney

If your furnace chimney hasn’t been checked in a while, it should be done by a professional service technician like the ones at Bottini Fuel. There may be debris or bird nests in the chimney. Or there may be lots of soot buildup. Both are potential fire hazards as well as possible culprits in your furnace not working.

Fill your fuel tank

Make sure your furnace has enough heating oil, kerosene or propane from Bottini Fuel to keep your home warm even in the worst winter weather. And, while you’re at it, give yourself peace of mind with our automatic delivery and wireless tank monitoring.

Bottini Fuel has the fuel delivery and service you can count on for your home. Contact us today to learn more about what we can offer, and become a Bottini Fuel customer!