Winter is just a few months away, but you should check your oil furnace system now as cold temperatures start arriving in fall. Use this fall oil furnace checklist to be sure your oil furnace will be in top shape for the heating season. Early inspection of your Ocean City, Maryland, home heating system will ensure that your furnace is running smoothly. It is also an opportunity to spot potential maintenance issues and saves you from needing emergency service when it’s freezing outside.

Check Your Heating Equipment

The first thing to do is to check that your oil furnace equipment is in peak shape with no visible damage or signs of leaks. Visually inspect all pipes leading to and from your furnace and oil storage tank. Once you have confirmed that everything is in good shape, check the oil level in your heating oil tank. When the oil level falls too low, sludge begins to develop in the tank, which can later clog your fuel line, filters, and other equipment.

If the oil level is less than one-quarter of the tank’s capacity, order a refill before winter arrives. You want to be prepared and avoid the inconvenience of facing cold temperatures while you wait for refueling. You can also set up an automatic oil delivery service for greater peace of mind.

Check Your Vents and Filters

If your home has floor vents, be sure they are unobstructed by furniture, rugs, or other household objects. Also, check and replace your air filter if it is dirty. A clogged filter will affect the efficiency of your oil furnace. The ventilation and filtration components are the lungs of your HVAC system. Keep them clean to breathe clean air and to prevent your heating system from working overtime to keep the heat flowing.

In addition to air filter replacements, be sure to invest in duct cleaning. The buildup of dirt in ducts and filters can affect the performance of your oil furnace and lead to costly repairs. A little maintenance goes a long way in keeping your home warm and energy efficient.

Check Windows and Doors

Inspect around windows and doors for drafts. More than 20 percent of your home’s heat can escape through your windows and doors. So make sure the windows and doors have proper weather stripping and other insulation. Double-pane windows are also an excellent investment in your home’s energy efficiency.

Clean Up Your Basement

If your basement is starting to accumulate dust and other debris, be sure to tidy up. Any buildup of dust and dirt will eventually make its way into your HVAC system. Contaminants in the system will cause your furnace to work harder, which uses extra energy over time and increases heating costs. The additional wear and tear will eventually lead to a breakdown.

Do a Test Run

Even if it’s not yet cold, test your heating system so you can get ahead of problems. An early check will also ensure your oil furnace will be ready for winter. You avoid surprises and reduce the need for emergency repairs by being prepared. For added assurance, it’s a good idea to have us check your furnace.

Schedule Professional Inspection and Maintenance

We offer Bronze and Gold level maintenance agreements which include professional oil furnace and heating system inspection and tuneups. Oil furnaces, in particular, need regular inspection and proper maintenance to function efficiently. As your oil furnace ages, dirt, deposits, or sludge can clog atomizer jets. This will significantly reduce furnace efficiency over time and lead to increased heating costs.

So with a little foresight, some autumn house cleaning, and a careful inspection of your heating system, you’ll be ready for whatever Jack Frost throws your way this winter. Schedule your professional oil furnace inspection today by calling Griffith Energy Services at 888-474-3391.

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Dear Customers,

At this time, when the news is dominated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency around the world, we wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure your safety and the safety of our team.

We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to develop and take necessary measures as needed. Our focus is to ensure that we meet customer needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our communities safe.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Everyone on our team has received enhanced training and protocol briefings. We will continue to evolve and adjust these protocols as needed.
  • We are implementing telecommuting options for positions where applicable.
  • Non-essential work travel is currently on hold for all employees.
  • We are conducting enhanced cleaning practices at our locations and are instructing employees to continually sanitize their work stations and vehicles.
  • We are also urging all employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing.

Information for you:
If you have an existing service appointment, we look forward to seeing you and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure service experience.

During this challenging time, if you are experiencing symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus or have been exposed to it, in order to protect our team and all the customers we serve, we encourage you to please reschedule your service appointment, by calling us at 888-474-3391.

Your safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team and our company.

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Griffith Energy Services

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