If you’re concerned about your heating system running properly this winter, you’re running out of time. The temperature has been dropping and it’s only going to get worse, so if you have an oil boiler that you don’t think is up to the task, now is the time take care of the problem. If you haven’t started up your home heating, or if you have and you’ve encountered problems, Tragar’s heating services can help. We want to tell you how to start-up your heating system for the winter.
Tragar Can Keep You Comfortable Year Round
Tragar Home Services is Long Island’s premier home heating and cooling company. During the warm weather months, we’ll keep you cool by installing and maintaining central air and ductless air conditioning systems. As winter approaches, we’ll get you in shape to stay warm and make life easier for you by installing both oil boilers and natural gas boilers. If you run into problems with them, we can set you up with maintenance. We can also eliminate the need to shovel or plow snow by installing heated driveways and walkways on your property. Whatever time of the year, Tragar can keep you comfortable. So, here’s what you need to know at the start of winter.
Making Sure You Have the Right Boiler
The first thing you need be certain of is having the right furnace or boiler. According to the U.S. Energy Department, furnaces heat air, which is distributed through homes via ducts, while boilers heat water which warms pipes, radiators, and radiant floor systems.
You want to make sure your furnace or boiler is efficient. Heating efficiency is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). It is the ratio of annual heat output from the furnace or boiler compared to the total fossil fuel energy consumed by the furnace or boiler. High-efficiency heating systems run above 90 percent AFUE, while mid-efficiency boilers will be between 80 to 83 percent and old. Low-efficiency systems have an AFUE between 56 and 70 percent. Newer furnaces or boilers are required to display their AFUE. If you have concerns about your heating system’s efficiency contact Tragar.
Start-Up and Check-Up for Your Heating System
If you haven’t done so already, you should schedule a fall checkup with Tragar. We’ll provide a variety of services for you including:
- Checking thermostat settings
- Checking all gas or oil connections
- Checking gas pressure, burner combustion and your heat exchanger
- Tightening electrical connections
- Measuring voltage and currents on motors
- Lubricating all moving parts
- Checking system controls
- Inspecting the condensate drain
- Checking the start and shut off cycles
It’s also recommended by the ENERGY STAR program that you inspect, clean or change air filters in your furnace once a month.
Tragar Can Keep You Warm and Worry Free
If you’re worried about staying warm all winter, Tragar Home Services can give you peace of mind. We can offer packages that cover repair and parts replacement for your heating system and we also offer automatic deliveries for our heating oil customers. And you won’t have to worry about being home; Tragar will still deliver. Contact us today.