Okay, so it doesn’t get as cold in our area as it does other parts of the country, but while a 45° morning may seem like a nice spring day is on its way in the Midwest, for us Turlock folks that may as well be the dead of winter! That being said, having a fully functional and efficiently operating heating system is a must.
And this is just the beginning—there are a number of things you can to in order to use that heater more effectively so you can get the most out of it, and subsequently the most bang for your buck. Keep reading to learn more.
Don’t Skip Maintenance
Fall is typically the time of the year most homeowners throughout the country are encouraged to schedule their heating maintenance appointments. This allows HVAC technicians time to get you on the schedule, so you aren’t in a mad scramble later on trying to get emergency repairs done for a heating system you otherwise skipped maintenance for.
Neglecting heating maintenance increases your safety risks, in the case of a gas-powered heating system. Additionally, it increases the chance that you’ll experience a heating system breakdown right when you need it the most—in the middle of winter when it’s working the hardest. Routine tune-ups also give you the peace of mind that you can get through the whole season in comfort.
Have Leaks Repaired
“Wait, I thought we were talking about HVAC?”
We get it, when you hear “leaks” you may be thinking about your plumbing system. This is not the only type of leak that can occur in your home, though! You’d probably be surprised to find just how much conditioned air you’re losing through drafty windows and doors, not to mention your heating system’s air ducts.
Repairing drafty windows and doors is as easy as applying caulking in the right areas. Sealing or repairing ductwork, though, needs to be left to the pros—but it will greatly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your heater!
Keep Your Curtains Open
You’ll often see HVAC contractors recommend in the summer that you use your curtains as an added barrier against the radiant heat from the sun, since your home will get warm must faster when those curtains are open.
Well, you can go ahead and flip that concept in the winter, when you actually want that radiant heat. It will help you feel more comfortable and may even allow you to turn the thermostat down a couple degrees to save energy (and money).
Use Your Ceiling Fans in Reverse
Just like with the curtains, ceiling fans have dual purposes. In the summertime, they help better distribute the airflow coming from your AC system, so you can turn the temperature up and save energy.
During the winter, there’s a switch you can hit on the ceiling fans that reverses the direction of their blades, causing heat to be more evenly dispersed in your living space.