WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Coming off of an extremely busy summer, Josh Smith is gearing up for what he says will be an equally active winter for Berkshire Heating and Conditioning.
That means now is the time to start thinking about how you’ll winterize your home, so there are no surprises when it’s time to crank the heat.
“Right now, we’re starting to get a lot of no heat calls, a lot of maintenance calls, preseason maintenance is the most important thing for tuning up your system , and making it run the most efficient that it can,” Smith said.
According to Smith, changing the air filter is the first step any homeowner can take.
“Put the plastic shrink wrap over your windows to seal them that way, it all depends on your home. Construction has changed a lot in the last 10 to 15 years, and homes are a lot tighter. So if you have an older home, you may have to do some of those things,” added Smith.
Older homes with older boiler systems may need some attention as well.
It might end up costing you more to heat your home with one in the long run.
“Your average system lasts 15 to 20 years. Your money is better served putting that money towards replacement than it is repair, because they’re more efficient,” he advised.
If you’re wondering if it’s better to use heat, gas or wood pellets, Smith says that depends on the neighborhood, since some of them only have electric. However, gas is the more economical option.
You can also prevent pipes from freezing and bursting by storing your hoses and outdoor faucets.