WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – November arrived with some chilly weather over the weekend. But before you turn on the heat in your home, there are a few things you need to consider first.
It’s important to check your furnace for any problems before you turn it on for the first time this November. Most people don’t check them until the cold comes and discover problems too late. Even people who have experienced years of New England winter sometimes forget to check.
22News asked Bridget Nelson of West Springfield why she doesn’t check her filters before turning up the heat. “I just don’t,” says Nelson. “I guess I’m irresponsible about that.”
Along with replacing the air filter, make sure your fan is quiet when it comes on. If you hear any loud noise, get it checked. Heating with oil has its own special requirements.
Richard Borsari, president of Borsari Oil in West Springfield, told 22News, “Don’t let your tank get down to the bottom where then you have to pull in a sludge and stuff into your system where you have filter problems. Try to keep it at a half and then order 100 gallons, and I think that’s going to alleviate some call-ins at night.”
Before you fill up your fireplace with any wood, you need to get your chimney checked first because you need to make sure there’s a proper draft. If not, your home could fill with smoke quickly.
It’s also important to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries, and to test them regularly.
“In the winter time we’re all burning a lot more fossil fuel which causes carbon dioxide to form in the home and it becomes even more important to have the CO2 detectors checked,” says Bruce Drewniany, manager of Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Agawam.
Checking CO and smoke detectors could mean the difference between life and death for you and you family this winter. The experts recommend you have a detector on every floor of your home.