- First, make sure your thermostats are in heat mode and set above room temperature.
- Next, check the gauge on your oil or propane tank to ensure that you are not out of fuel and check your electrical breaker to make sure it is not turned off.
- You should also make sure that the heating system burner switches are in the on position. The switches are located at the top of the basement stairs or outside of the utility or mechanical room, and on the heating system itself.
- Once you’ve verified that all of the switches are on, you can try to reset the furnace or boiler.
- To reset your system, locate the red reset button on the heating system itself. The button is located towards the bottom of the system.
- Press and hold down the reset button for 5 seconds and then release.
- The system should start automatically within 10 seconds.
- If the system does not turn on, please call a Gault Energy & Home Solutions Customer Care Representative to schedule a service call.
Many homeowners may confuse these two terms, but there is an easy way to remember: a boiler uses hot water (think of boiling water) to heat your home, and a furnace uses warm air, also referred to as forced air.
No matter how you heat your home, maintaining your heat to a certain level is critical. In order to prevent any problems while you are away, be sure that your heating system is working properly prior to departing and have someone check on your home often during your absence. For those who have seasonally unoccupied homes, a “smart” thermostat can help you keep a closer eye on your home all winter long.
The standards for energy efficiency are set by the U.S. Department of Energy with either a HSPF or AFUE rating assigned to every piece of heating equipment. HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) is how the heating efficiency of heat pumps are rated; the higher the HSPF, the more efficient the units is. AFUE (Average Fuel Utilization Efficiency) is the measurement of efficiency of gas- and oil-fired heating equipment. The rating is shown as a percentage indicating how much fuel is used to heat a house – and how much is wasted. The higher the percentage, the better the efficiency and the least waste.
Although there is no exact age at which equipment should be replaced, experts consider replacement within a 15- to 20- year timeframe. If your equipment has been properly maintained and continues to run efficiently, it could have a longer lifespan.
Yes! Regular system maintenance is critical to keeping your system working at peak efficiency, which can help you save money on your monthly utility bills, prevent breakdowns, and extend the lifespan of your system.
For a homeowner who is a snowbird, frequent traveler or just looking to increase their home’s energy efficiency, a smart thermostat can be a very helpful tool. Allowing you the ability to control the thermostat anywhere from a smartphone, a homeowner can be connected at all times. You’ll have peace of mind that everything is running smoothly while away and help to create more efficiency and even savings on energy costs.