Chilly weather and shorter days mean that the winter season will be here soon. You need to be fully prepared in order to keep your home warm throughout the cold months. Always have your residential heating system serviced to keep it in working order. You don't want to be surprised and not have heat when you need it. No matter what type of heating system you have, there are certain ways to prepare it for the winter season. This guide will walk you through those things so you can be ready when the cold weather arrives.


Woodstoves are a great source for residential heating. If you have the means of cutting your own wood, it is essentially free heat. However, you can also purchase wood or pellets for the stove, which can still be relatively cheap, depending on the source you get the fuel from. Woodstoves need to be prepared for the winter months. You need to completely empty out the ashtray prior to new use each season. The ashtray builds up with ash as the wood is burned in the stove. Empty it outside in a garbage receptacle. Besides the ash, you also need to have the chimney cleaned. Creosote builds up with each use of the stove. It can become dangerous if it is not removed. It not only has health hazards associated with it, but it greatly raises the risk of chimney fires. Use a chimney flue liner brush to clean the chimney. You can also hire professionals to handle the task for you.


A furnace is another option for residential heating. They are usually gas or electric, depending on your preference or default when you moved into the property. The furnace doesn't need much before you use it for the season, but it does require a few things. One of the most important things is checking the air filter in the appliance. The air filter becomes very dirty and has to be cleaned regularly. If you do not, it will cause the appliance to run harder than necessary and cause issues. You can also check the thermostat by doing a test run of the furnace before the cold months. Switch the furnace on and adjust the temp a few degrees until the system starts. This shows you that the thermostat is working.


To learn more about residential heating systems, contact a local heating contractor. They have the proper experience and tools to solve problems with residential heating.