September 25 is National Tune-Up Day
- September 21, 2016
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One of the best rules of thumb in all walks of life is to plan ahead. This is especially true when it comes to weather. It can get much colder in Dallas than people realize, and one of the best ways that you can prepare your home for the winter is a tune-up. No, not a tune-up of your car, though that’s not a bad idea, either.
You can actually ensure that your home’s heating system will be ready to roll for the winter by having a tune-up performed. That is why September 25th is designated as National Tune-Up Day. By tuning up your heating system, you’ll be saving energy and lessening the amount of money you spend on the heating bill every month.
How to Perform a Heating System Tune-Up
HomeServe USA provides some resources for those who want to tune-up their heating system. As they explain:
- A heating system tune-up includes the removal of dust from your vents, ensuring the vents aren’t clogged or leaking and that your fuel jets are functioning properly.
- Combustion gases should be inspected and compared to the specs of your furnace.
- The blower access door should be inspected to ensure a tight seal at the furnace.
- Inspect fresh air intake grills for blockage.
- Check burners for proper ignition and flame.
- Inspect the drainage system for blockage and leakage.
- Make sure that all of the drains and traps are functional.
- Inspect the blower wheel and motor, wiring and all filters for corrosion and damage.
As HomeServe USA points out, a heating contractor will have a checklist and be able to provide a thorough inspection to make sure that your heating system is functioning properly. In order to promote awareness of National Tune-Up Day, you can use #NationalTuneUpDay on social media.
Why It’s a Good Idea
The amount of money that Americans spend every year on heating systems varies, according to their location and the type of energy that they use to heat their homes. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says that the majority of homes in the South (including Texas) use electricity as their primary energy source for heating systems. The USEIA estimated that last year the typical bill for homes supplied with electric heat was around $930. For those that used natural gas (the second most prevalent form of energy for Southern homes), bills were estimated to total $578.
Performing a tune-up on your heating system can be seen as part of a bigger strategy to winterize a home. Other steps you can take to make sure that your home is prepared for the colder months is to check for drafts from outside, turn down your water heater temperature and install storm doors and windows. Taking these steps can help you reduce your monthly bills and reduce the amount of energy that your home consumes.
Though Dallas might not have a reputation of being a particularly cold city, residents know all too well just how chilly things can get in the winter. By tuning up your heater and taking steps to winterize your home, you’ll be ensuring that you are prepared before cold weather hits.