With winter coming, now is the perfect time to begin preparing your home’s heating system for reliability and efficiency. During the winter season, your heating system is going to work hard to keep your home warm and comfortable. To ensure there are no unexpected problems and to save money, there are steps you can take. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning will share how you can improve both your heating system efficiency and reliability this winter season.
Is a Heating System Tune-Up Necessary?
Whether you have a furnace, heating pump, or boiler, your heating system requires proper care and maintenance. To ensure your heating system is ready for winter, will be reliable throughout the entire season, and run efficiently, you will need to seek a professional tune-up. An HVAC technician can come to your home and do a thorough inspection, cleaning, and lucubration of your heating system. They will look for any warning signs of component failure and help you seek the needed repairs to avoid any unexpected break downs. With a tune-up your heating system will also run at its peak performance. This helps to save you money when it comes to heating your home. It is highly recommended that you have your heating system tuned-up in early fall to ensure your heating system is ready for winter.
Reverse Ceiling Fans in Winter
To help improve your home’s heating efficiency this winter, remember to switch your ceiling fans. Ceiling fans have a small switch that changes the direction of the fan. When you change the fan’s direction you will rotate the air but not push cool air down. Make sure to help your heating system out by changing your fan’s direction. Next, let in the sun. The sun can help warm your home. Open all of the curtains and blinds to allow the sunlight to warm your home.
Keep All Air Vents Open
To help improve your heating system’s energy efficiency, you will want to let the heat in without adding stress to the heating system. Ensure that all of the air vents are fully open and not obstructed in any way. If a curtain or piece of furniture is blocking a lower air vent, move things around so the air vent is fully accessible and can easily supply the heat. Additionally, check the filters and make sure they are clean. Dirty air filters restrict air flow and adds stress to the heating system. To ensure peak performance all winter long make sure to regularly change out the air filters.
Program Thermostat for Winter
If you want to save money on heating and reduce your heating system work load, you must ask yourself what temperature is tolerable. Most people will set their most ideal winter temperature on their thermostat. However, if you are able to go 10 to 15 degrees lower you can save around 10% on your heating bill. Additionally, use a programmable thermostat that can auto adjust your home’s temperature for times the home is empty. Reducing the heating needs when no one is home can help reduce stress on the heating system and save you money.