5 Heating Tips You Should Know
Cold weather can sneak up on you quick. You don’t want to be stuck in the dead of winter wasting money on an inefficient heating system or worse, no heat at all. We’ve assembled a list of some easy tips that you should consider when getting your home ready for the colder months. Read below to get your head straight about winterizing.
I Can Just Close Some Vents, Right?
Closing vents to certain rooms in the house doesn’t help lower your heating bill. Quite the opposite, actually. If you close the vents to a particular room that you don’t spend a lot of time in, you may think you are saving money on your heating bill. However, the warm air flows to areas with lower temperatures through cracks under doors, etc. So you are still heating the rooms you shut off the vents to, just less efficiently. You are better off leaving the vents open so the house warms evenly and efficiently to prevent wasted energy.
Are Programmable Thermostats Worth It?
Today’s programmable thermostats are available with many deluxe features, but even a basic model can save you big bucks in the fall and winter months. These devices are handy because you can program different temperatures throughout the day for each day of the week. So you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn the heat down when you leave for work. An HVAC expert from Around Town will be able to install a programmable thermostat compatible with your furnace or check your thermostat to make sure it is working properly.
What About Furnace Filters?
One of the best ways to ensure that your HVAC system is running at maximum efficiency is to change the air filters regularly, about once a year usually. Over time, air filters collect dust, dirt, and other minerals that will build up on the filter. This will cause your system to work harder and spend more energy but yield less results.
Is It Drafty In Here?
One of the most obvious and easy ways to prepare your house for the colder months is to seal up leaks. Warm air can easily leak out of your house through window cracks and doors. If you are leaking warm air you are essentially throwing money right out the window! Check all windows and doors for drafts and identify the areas that need to be sealed. Invest in weatherstripping rubber and use it around your door. Use caulk to fill in the cracks around your windows.
A New Furnace!?!
This is the big one. Knowing when to replace your furnace is important. One sign is if your heating bills start spiking for no reason. This could be an indication that your system is not functioning properly. Old or broken furnaces can cause uneven heat distribution within the house, and can even be dangerous. All furnaces break down after a certain amount of time. It is recommended to consult an expert on the condition of your HVAC system. No one wants to hear that it is time to invest in a new furnace, but it almost certainly will save you in the long run. Look into getting a more efficient furnace and save throughout the life of the unit. Do you have central air? While making the decision to replace your furnace, consider this feature as well. Getting a furnace that also cools will definitely improve enjoyment of your home and might even save you money compared to a fleet of window units. Bottom line, even the bad news isn’t that bad. Don’t wait until your furnace dies outright, get advice from an Around Town HVAC expert on the state of your furnace while he is doing your yearly inspection.