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Common Winter Heating Problems

There's nothing like being able to come home to a warm home when the temperature starts to drop. Now that the cold months are upon us, our heating systems tend to overwork themselves, causing wear and tear.

Avoid a broken heating system by learning the 5 most common winter heating problems below.

Ignition Failure Your heating system's pilot light is a necessary source of ignition for your home. It's job is to turn the burners on and off, which cause heat. Without it working, you will have heating problems.

Restricted Airflow You run your heating system more often in the winter which means it accumulates more dust and debris at a faster rate. This can restrict airflow, damaging air ducts, causing leaks, and those leaks can lead to reduced air flow and heat loss. This can be avoided with the proper maintenance and regularly changing your filters.

Dry Air Winter is always associated with dry air (which holds less heat). This can be troublesome if you have sensitive or dry skin. The low humidity makes your skin feel dry and itchy, causing cracked woodwork, wood furniture, and can be damaging to your HVAC system. To remedy this issue, use a humidifier.

Heat Loss Sudden loss or lack of heat is one of the most common heating problems during the winter months. If your home stays cold no matter how much you turn the temperature up, your heat pump may be the problem, commonly due to harsh weather conditions. It could also be a compressor issue or a leak in an air duct. To find the issue, it's best to contact your local HVAC company.

Carbon Monoxide Carbon Monoxide is tasteless, colorless, odorless, and deadly if undetected. Leaks are most common in furnaces that are 10-15 years old. The best way to detect it is to install a carbon monoxide detector/monitor; if you already have one make sure to get it inspected before each winter. If you suspect you have a leak, call a professional immediately.

Don't get stuck in the cold this winter and schedule your annual preventative maintenance. Call 72 Degrees Comfort Company at 515-965-7272 or email us at

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