Gas heating is an energy-efficient way to keep your home toasty warm and comfortable during the long, cold winter months. Gas costs way less than electricity and it’s the smart way to heat up your home. But, if your gas heater is not working as it should, then those energy costs are going to rise and your house won’t be as warm as it could be. It doesn’t matter what style of gas heater you own or how fancy it is, they all need maintenance, servicing and TLC to perform at their optimum best.
Let’s look at some tips to make sure your gas heater is ready for winter.
Have Your Gas Heater Serviced By An Expert
Your local licensed gas fitter is the person to call to ensure your gas heater is working efficiently and is safe. Your gas fitter will check over the entire unit, along with the gas connectors and the gas supply.
Not only will this give you peace of mind that your gas heater is safe, but you can also be assured it will warm effectively all throughout the winter months and be cost-effective.
Unless you’re a trained professional, there’s little point in trying to check the heater over yourself. If you do spot any obvious problem or you can smell the distinct odour of gas, call in a gas fitter immediately.
Make Sure Your Heater Is Clean
A thick build-up of dust and lint could not only hamper your gas heater’s ability to work properly, it can be a fire hazard. It’s important to make sure your heater is spotlessly clean before using it during winter, and just as important is keeping it clean during the colder months of the year.
Always Follow the Operating Instructions
One way to help guarantee that your heater is always in good working order and heats efficiently is to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for its use. Never use your gas heater in a manner that’s detrimental to the instructions or could lead to a fire, such as draping wet clothes over the top to dry them out.
Don’t Risk Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
If your gas heater is suffering a gas leak, it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm (similar to a smoke alarm) will alert you to any gas leaks. Secondly, call in your licensed gas fitter to resolve the problem ASAP.
A gas leak is not only dangerous to your health and the health of everyone in the home, but it can also be both a fire hazard or lead to an explosion. None of these scenarios are something you want to risk experiencing.
The best thing you can do before winter arrives is to call in a gas fitter to service your gas heater and check your gas system. This way you’ll have peace of mind knowing that it’s safe and in good working order.