Small jobs you can do yourself to keep your system in top condition.
You don’t need to be a professional to use the following money-saving tricks:
- Hot water system: Bleed out any excess air from your radiators using the knob on top and insulate any pipes that travel through unheated space.
- Forced air: Regularly clean or replace the air filter and make sure duct joints are well sealed so no heat is lost in transit.
- Heat pumps usually have little to gain from major annual cleaning, at least in their first few years of service. You can easily clean the coils (yearly) and filters (at the beginning of each season) yourself according to the manufacturer’s instructions. But after five years, get the motor and blowers inspected and lubricated and check the temperature and pressure of the refrigerant.
- Electric baseboards and convectors require minimal maintenance. Simply give the heating element (and the blower, if yours is a fan heater) a vacuum once a year to clear any dust. Always remember to disconnect the unit before cleaning it.
Source: CAA Québec
At Pétrole Pagé, we can advise you on the maintenance of your heating system, regardless of its energy source. Contact us.