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If you're going to be having a new boiler installed before winter, you're making a big investment in your home. To protect that investment, you want to make sure you take the proper steps to care of it. Here are some tips that will help you care for your new boiler.
Give It Plenty of Ventilation
Once your boiler is installed by a company like Boiler Services, Inc., you'll want to give it plenty of ventilation. Boilers need fresh air to work properly. You'll want to avoid storing things around your boiler — especially large items that could block the flow of air to the area. It's also important to note that you should never try to box your boiler into a room. For instance, if your boiler is in the basement and you want to start using the area of additional living space, avoid building walls around the boiler. Instead, contact your heating contractor and have them come out. They can help you make the adjustments you need so that you can use the basement while still providing adequate ventilation for your boiler.
Protect the Pipes From Freezing
If you're expecting freezing temperatures this winter, you need to insulate the pipes on your new boiler. Even new pipes can rupture when the temperatures dips below freezing. Wrapping the boiler pipes will prevent problems this winter. If you're not sure how to safely insulate the pipes, ask your boiler contractor for tips while they're installing your new boiler.
Install the Right Monitors
Once you have your boiler installed, you'll want to make sure that you have the proper monitors in your home. Now's the time to install new smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors. Adding the monitors will allow you to react quickly should your new boiler develop problems during those early days following installation.
Mark the Date on Your Calendar
Now that you're having your new boiler installed, it's important that you mark the date on your calendar. That way, you have a visual reminder about when you need to schedule your first maintenance appointment. Your new boiler will need to be serviced about once a year to make sure that it stays in good, working condition. Not only that, but the annual maintenance calls will also help protect your warranty.
If you're going to be having a new boiler installed in your home, use the tips provided here to give it the care and attention it needs. For questions and concerns about your new boiler, be sure to talk to your boiler contractor.