Heating experts say to check your systems before winter arrives


BECKLEY, WV (WVNS)– Fall temperatures are upon us and people are beginning to turn the heat on at night.

Owner of Childers Enterprises, Greg Childers, said it is always smart to have a maintenance check done on your heating system before the winter season comes around.

“Make sure everything is working properly,” Childers said. “If it has belts or has places to oil it. Make sure their filters are clean you know things like that just to make sure that everything is prepared and ready for the winter time before it actually hits.”

While many heating and cooling systems have a life span of 15 years, Childers said to have maintenance performed once a year. He said there are many signs to look for to see if parts need to be replaced. He also said the most important thing to check is the gas furnaces.

“Basically they need to make sure their gas furnaces are checked for cracks in the heat exchanger,” Childers said. “That’s the most important thing because that is carbon monoxide, which is very dangerous. If they do have a gas furnace they need to make sure they have a carbon monoxide detector in the house and that it’s the plug in type or has a battery backup or to check those batteries just like their smoke detector.”

Even if you like your home nice and warm, Childers said it is best to set the temperature and leave it so you do not over exert your system.

“Typically somebody is going to have their thermostat around 68, 70, 72 degrees some people like it a little cooler some people like it a little hotter but that’s kind of the average,” Childers said. “But they just need to leave it alone really set it leave it alone, if they want to cut it back a few degrees when they go to bed that’s fine or turn it up a couple degrees when they get home maybe they set it back during the day if they work.”

Childers said that if you notice your system making any strange noise, that is the first sign that something could be wrong and to have an expert check it out.

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