As the fall season quickly approaches and the summer heat begins to fade, it’s about the time when homeowners start the process of preparing for the months ahead. This often means packing away the patio furniture to performing a deep-clean of the home’s interior. But one of the more important tasks to complete before the temperature drops is prepping your baseboard hot water heating system. These units are crucial for keeping you comfortable in colder climates, and they should therefore be the main focus of your efforts at this time. This is how to prepare your baseboard hydronic heating system for cold weather to keep you warm no matter what nature throws your way.
Move Furniture and Window Treatments
When your baseboard heaters aren’t in use, clutter and furniture can easily surround them during the course of the year. However, when the time comes to finally start them up again, make sure you relocate anything that’s sitting up against your heater or cutting off the air flow.
Your Boiler Is The Heart of The System
Another important step to preparing your baseboard heating system for cold weather is to ensure that your boiler and related controls, hardware and thermostats are working and in tip top condition. Boilers and most all heating systems break or stop working when it's the coldest and under the most stress, not on a 50 degree winter afternoon. This said, boiler systems are not necessarily a DIY project and as such, it’s recommended that you reach out to professionals to get these units serviced and tuned up before fall officially begins.
Clean, Inspect, and Repair Your Heater
Next, take some time to clean your heaters, inspect them for damage, and repair them should you notice any problems. Otherwise, you risk them yielding to the additional stress and not performing as efficiently as you want when you need them the most. This process requires you to remove your old baseboard heater covers and thoroughly vacuum them to remove any hair, lint, dust, or dander. From here, you can get a good look at all the internal components and to make sure everything is in proper order.
Install a Beautiful Baseboard Heater Cover
Once you know your heater is working properly, consider installing a new beautiful baseboard heater cover over it. These stylish covers form barriers over the hot heating coils and prevent you from coming into direct contact with them. This reduces the chances of sustaining an accidental burn, and it can even help the unit radiate heat more efficiently through additional ventilation holes.
We understand how much you rely on your baseboard heaters during the winter months. That’s why we at EZ Snap™ Covers want to provide you with the tools to ensure your heating systems run smoothly throughout the season. Our hot water baseboard covers are designed to fit perfectly over 95% of existing baseboard heaters, making them not only more effective and efficient, but also more stylish.