Winter is very demanding on your house, so you must prepare it to confront the cold season. Of course, your first concern is home heating to keep your family warm throughout winter. Every fall, have your oil heating system maintained, or every two years if your furnace runs on natural gas. Then, during the heating season, check the filters on the heat generator, and clean or replace them every month. Remember to set the pilot light on your gas furnace.
If you are equipped with a hot water heating system, it is time to lubricate the flow pump and bleed the air from the radiators. With a forced air furnace, check the fan belt for wear, strain, and noise, as well as clean and remove dirt build-up from the fan blades, after having shut the motor. You must also remove the grills on the forced-air furnace and vacuum inside the ducts. Finally, with an electric heating system, you only need to vacuum the baseboards to remove dust.
If you are equipped with a heat flow recovery ventilator that wasn’t used during summer, clean the filters and the plates and test it by pouring water in the exhaust hose. Then, every two months, check the filters on the ventilator device. To clean the humidifier on a furnace equipped with central air conditioning, you must open the damper. If you own a portable humidifier, it must also be cleaned. Then, stay on top of any sign of excessive humidity in the house, such as condensation on windows, and take the appropriate steps to correct the problem. Use a hygrometer to check the relative level of humidity, which should be between 30 and 50%.