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Get your heating systems ready for winter

by Christine Rowlands
September 22, 2016

Safety, Energy efficiency

Warm air whooshing from a vent. A hot shower. A glowing, cosy fireplace. These are comforts you may especially appreciate on colder days—and would miss if your natural gas appliances stopped working.

Giving your appliances some attention now, however, can prevent problems and help ensure your safety. A member of the FortisBC Safety Partners Program, Technical Safety BC gas safety officer Ron Herrington compares it to maintaining a car: “You can’t drive forever without an oil change, and you can’t run your appliances without keeping them clean and having them serviced annually.”

In between visits from a licensed gas contractor, you should check and replace your heating system filter about every three to six months. Keeping vents clear of blockages and the area around appliances clear of potential combustibles, such as laundry or cardboard boxes, can also help reduce the risk of accidents.

Permits save time and trouble

Don’t forget about heating equipment when renovating or buying a new home. Natural gas appliances are used safely every day in homes, but Herrington has seen many installations that aren’t up to code and could be hazardous: ventilation and air supply being enclosed by walls, inadequate clearances and water heaters in bedrooms or bathrooms.

Give your appliances some TLC, get a rebate

From September 15 to October 31, 2016 we’re offering a $25 rebate when your furnace, boiler or fireplace is serviced by a licensed natural gas contractor. Learn more about the Appliance Maintenance Rebate.

If you have a heat pump and receive electricity from FortisBC or Penticton, Summerland, Grand Forks or Nelson Hydro, we also offer a $50 Heat Pump Tune-up Rebate for having it serviced. You can search our directory for a qualified electrical contractor.