Why is it important to maintain our heating unit?

As the days cool down and autumn settles in, it’s time to start thinking about heating your home. You may be wondering about the maintenance required for your heating system and whether it’s truly an important step. The following article will provide you with information on the matter and convince you of the importance of proper heating system maintenance.

Why is Heating System Maintenance Important?

Maintaining your heating system is crucial because a dirty system increases the risk of breakdowns, energy wastage, heating problems, and more. Regular maintenance of your heating system will help you avoid numerous issues. In addition to problem prevention, proper heating system maintenance is beneficial as it helps preserve the lifespan of your equipment, enhances comfort, and allows for energy savings by ensuring optimal performance of your heating system.

How to Maintain Your Heating System(s)

If you have hot water radiators, you’ll need to bleed them when you turn on the heating system. Bleeding the radiators involves removing any air that may have entered the pipes while the radiators were turned off during the summer. This should be done once a year, ideally in the autumn, to optimize the radiators’ efficiency. It will also reduce noise and the risk of leaks. If you have a gas or wood heating system, an annual inspection of your boiler is mandatory. This inspection must be carried out by a licensed and qualified professional, regardless of the type of boiler you have, such as natural gas, wood pellet, condensing gas, wall-mounted boiler, etc. The annual inspection checks the technical performance of the boiler, its compliance with environmental recommendations regarding greenhouse gas emissions, and the safety of the installation by assessing the risk of carbon monoxide leakage, which is a deadly gas. To ensure this necessary maintenance, sign an annual maintenance contract for your boiler and schedule an appointment each year. If necessary, the professional can also perform cleaning, adjustments, or other necessary tasks. Neglecting the maintenance of your boiler could lead to problems with your insurance company, which may refuse to pay compensation in the event of an issue. If you have a chimney, annual chimney sweeping is also mandatory and should be carried out by a specialist. Moreover, if you have a pellet stove, a wood-burning stove, or a fireplace, chimney sweeping and inspection should be done twice a year, including once during the heating season.

Regardless of the type of heating system you have, if you need advice on maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact a professional. Maintaining your heating systems is not only a matter of comfort but also of safety.

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