Now actions can help prepare the house for the winter, UGI says

As the cold approaches, UGI urges residents to prepare their homes before turning on the home heating system.

UGI officials said in a press release that bringing in qualified service technicians could prepare homes and businesses for a safe and energy-efficient heating season.

System maintenance also reduces the likelihood of emergency service needs during cold weather.

Technicians or you can check the following items:

  • Make sure the pilot light and thermostat are working properly.
  • Check the fuel pipe and heat exchanger for cracks and leaks.
  • Test the efficiency of the heating system.
  • Clean or replace the filter approximately every 3 months. Filters can have a significant impact on energy costs and home air quality and can be useful if you experience an autumn allergy.
  • Make sure the exhaust flue or chimney is unobstructed and in good condition.
  • Have the chimney inspected for any damage that may have occurred during the summer storm. Structural damage to the chimney can allow carbon monoxide to enter the home and lead to a chimney fire.
  • Regularly check the holes in the exhaust flue, especially where the pipe meets the furnace. The small holes can be patched with foil tape, but the corroded flue will need to be replaced.
  • Make sure the appliance has proper airflow. “Sealing and properly ventilating” should be a guide to sealing air leaks and not blocking vents.
  • If the kamado and water heater are in a closed room or closet, make sure there is enough air.
  • If you put your kettle or water heater in a small room or closet, make sure the appliance has proper airflow and avoid the dangerous accumulation of carbon monoxide.
  • Seals air leaks around windows, doors, pipes, embedded lights, and outlets to reduce heating costs. Seal door leaks with weatherstripping or door sweeps. Window leaks can be sealed with caulking.
  • Make sure that the return port of the house allows air flow.
  • Clean the heat register to unblock it. Make sure furniture, curtains and blankets are not near or placed on the heat register.
  • Remove all combustibles from around the kamado and water heater.
  • Make sure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are working properly and have new batteries. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be placed on all floors of the house and one should be placed in each bedroom.
  • Do not overload the extension cord. Inspect for damage or wear.
  • Check your rebates as most UGI natural gas and electricity customers can qualify for many rebates related to the introduction of energy conservation measures.

Now actions can help prepare the house for the winter, UGI says

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