Preparing your heating system for winter

If you heat your home with gas, service your furnace every two years.

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ICHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) – Summer officially ends Wednesday night and before you know it, you’ll be switching your thermostat from cooling to heating.

Amber Abdella of Northampton told 22News, her family is still using their air conditioning unit “Actually we still have our air conditioning in. At night it’s sweltering hot and we’re really looking forward to hoodies and jeans weather.”

Lots of homes still have their AC units in their windows. O’Connell’s Oil in Northampton, a heating and air conditioning company told 22News, now’s the time to schedule a routine maintenance check on your heating systems.

“Even if you don’t think anything is wrong with your system, they can probably find something that might be unexpected and it’s best to catch it, before you need it, before the winter,” said Jaime Prickett, Sales and Insulation Manager for O’Connell’s.

Prickett told 22News, customers should start thinking about servicing their heating systems, as early as August.

Make sure your thermostat is working properly. Inspect your chimney, for any obstructions, such as bird nests or buildup soot, which can be a fire hazard. If you heat your home with gas, service your furnace every two years.

For homes that use oil, O’Connell’s recommends you service your tank once a year. The company doesn’t recommend locking in oil prices, but it is a good idea to to fill your tank now, while prices are reasonable.

Here is a link to Bottom Line Oil, a website that will provide with the best oil prices in your area.

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