Winter Worries

In the United States we spend about 93 percent of our time indoors. Whether it be at home, work, the grocery store, even commuting from one place to another, we are inside. As winter approaches and we spend even more time within our cozy abodes, it is important that we keep these indoor spaces safe. Cold temperatures are great at causing issues as well as highlighting others. Don’t let a faulty pilot light, broken thermostat, frozen piping, or lack of warm air hamper your home this holiday season! We’ve got you covered here at Chason

One of the most, if not the most, important systems to have operational during these cold months is your heat. A faulty pilot light can leave you in the cold and your home at risk of frozen pipes, which we will touch on later. The pilot light is the small blue flame you see if you take off the side panel of your heater and often, heaters will only fully ignite after the pilot light is on. If this flame fails to burn strongly or at all, your heater will not work properly. Before purchasing a new heater, check the pilot light sensor. Often sensors get dirty or damaged by the flame, clean it up as best as possible and try clicking it on again. 

If your heater is fully operational, but your home is very cold or way too hot, a broken thermostat is probably to blame. Not only is this uncomfortable, it is also very inefficient. A broken thermostat can cause your systems to work harder than necessary and leaves you to foot a larger electricity bill. Not always is it the hardware of the box amiss, but the wiring connecting the thermostat to the heater. Call in assistance when working with any wiring.
A faulty pilot light can lead to a drastic drop in temperature as we discussed above. As your home cools, the pipes that run throughout it also get cold. Water lines are especially worrisome because as water freezes, it expands and if the water expands too much it can crack your pipes. Not only is this an expensive issue, sometimes items get waterlogged that cannot be replaced. Keep a close eye on your piping this winter and if you plan on going on any vacations think about a house sitter to check in and make sure all is well.

Lastly, when everything is working but you just can’t seem to get your place to warm up, you might be experiencing the effects of dirty heater filters. Your heater has a filter that can get clogged with dust, dirt, and other debris. This leads to less airflow resulting in less heat circulating throughout your home. The best way to address this issue is to purchase a new filter. Check the size before replacing however, beyond that it is not difficult to do!

We’ve explored some potential home hazards associated with the cold. Don’t let these winter worries be on your mind this year, or any for that matter! If you are in need of any HVAC assistance you may reach us here. Happy Holidays!
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