There are few worse things than being stuck in a freezing home during the winter. Your days are miserable, and you can’t seem to get warm enough to sleep. At Alberta Indoor Comfort (previously Sears), we’ve been serving Calgary residents for years with solutions tailored specifically for each individual problem, and we can do that for you too.
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What to Do When Your Heater Goes Out
Imagine it being the dead of winter with plummeting temperatures outside and you suddenly find yourself without heat. What do you do? The first thing is to not panic. Call a heating system specialist that offers 24/7 emergency support. Next, get to a friend or neighbor’s house to keep warm until help arrives. If you can’t do that, dress in layers to preserve your body heat and keep moving; try light exercise or doing simple chores like dusting. Last, avoid opening the doors and letting heat out.
When to Consider Replacing Your Heater
When your heater goes out, you’re probably asking whether it’s time to replace it or if you can get by with a repair. Consider replacing your heater if:
- It’s over 20 years old
- Your repairing it more frequently
- Your energy bills have gone up
- The cost of repair is 50% or more than the cost of a new furnace
Newer furnaces are more energy efficient than models 15-20 years old and will save you money on your energy bills.
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How to Maintain Your Heater
Even though most of us will have to replace our heater eventually, it’s natural to want to keep the one we have in tip-top shape. Here are a few things you can do to keep your heater running longer.
- Change the filters regularly
- Schedule annual maintenance and tuneups
- Check the pilot light
- Listen for strange sounds
- Give your heater a trial run before winter sets in