Wolseley Canada, a home HVAC systems and maintenance company, offers the following tips for optimal stove operation in the home:
- Get an inspection – Knowing where you stand is good, especially if you have an older stove. A professional can evaluate the system, make sure everything is in order, and recommend a way forward. They may also recommend upgrading to give you an efficient stove that not only uses less energy, but also better removes dander, dust, pollen, bacteria, and other pathogens in your home’s air.
- Let the pros handle it – There was a time when it was recommended to change the oven filter regularly. It means wandering to the local hardware store in hopes of finding the right filter and then replacing it yourself. Today there are companies that offer service programs that take the worries (and the work) away from the homeowner. They will change your filter and make sure everything is in place to keep your home warm and air clean during the winter months.
- Clean up the vents – Little thought is given to the oven vent (this is likely a white PVC pipe that comes out of your house just above the floor). However, when clogged it can pose a carbon monoxide hazard. It is a good idea to make sure the vent is free of obstruction and free of rodents and bird nests. It is also very important that you check them regularly during the winter to make sure they are free of ice and snow.
- Battery test – In a modern oven system – especially if it is part of your home network – the thermostat consists of two things: wireless and battery operated. Check the batteries and make sure there are backups specifically for the thermostat.