What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2017? Perhaps one of them should be to rethink and reprioritize the maintenance of your home’s furnace this year. Everyone can easily forget about the silent role that your furnace plays in the comfort of your Haverhill home until it breaks down or needs an upgrade. This year, take some simple steps to ensure that your home is safe and comfortable, especially for the remaining winter months:

  1. Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors: With all the celebrations of the New Year in your home, especially with excess decorations and cooking, don’t let the cold weather fool you – this is peak season for electrical fires. Smoke detectors and alarms should be checked once a month by pushing the test button on top of the detector. Batteries should also be changed each year to ensure that the alarms are running properly, so perhaps it’s time to consider every January and fresh start to the year as a fresh start to your smoke alarms, too.

    Now is also the perfect time to check your carbon monoxide detector. With the windows shut this winter, you may not know if you’re dealing with a furnace issue that could be giving off carbon monoxide. If your carbon monoxide detector isn’t working properly and you suspect that something is wrong, call the experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone immediately and have them stop by to inspect your furnace.

  2. Set-up an annual furnace inspection: Cross the first thing off your New Year’s list and schedule a furnace maintenance and inspection. Start the new year off with peace of mind that your furnace will run smoothly and efficiently through the rest of the unpredictable Haverhill winter, keeping your family safe and free to worry about other resolutions.
  3. Adjust your thermostat and lower costs: With extra people in your house this time of year, big crowds can mean a warmer and stuffier house. To keep your energy costs down, turn your thermostat down before guests arrive or if you are leaving to go out-of-town. Even a degree or two can dramatically lower your heating expenses and you can barely tell the difference as people come and go through your house. However, don’t ever fully turn your system off or you could risk the freezing of pipes or appliances.

The New Year is always a time for reflection and goal making, so this year make one of your goals to keep up with heating and cooling maintenance. Don’t wait for problems to arise, but instead make these simple checks and changes to taking care of your furnace. Give Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone a call at (978) 872-1190 to set up your furnace maintenance and start the year out right.