Winter is progressing right along and just like every winter before, there’s no escape from the cold when you’re outside. But there is indoors! When you have a powerful heater, you never have to worry about staying cozy indoors.
But is your heater reliable? More importantly, is it efficient? The best way to guarantee a “yes” response to both those questions is to keep up on your annual heating maintenance appointments. This allows our technicians to fully inspect, clean, and adjust your heater to ensure optimal performance.
Did you know there are more ways to boost your heating efficiency? This is important, since nobody should have to pay more than necessary to stay safe and comfortable in their living space. So what is it that you can do to boost efficiency and save money? Read on!
Invest in a Thermostat Upgrade
Your HVAC systems’ thermostat might seem like a very small and minor device, but it actually has a big job. It serves as the “brain” of your heating and cooling systems, and it’s the component through which you communicate with both your heater and your air conditioner.
Upgrading to even just a programmable thermostat from a basic digital one will save you energy—and you can take it even a step further by investing in a smart or WiFi thermostat. These devices learn from your heating and cooling preferences and can be controlled from literally anywhere you have an internet connection.
Utilize Weatherstripping to Keep Out Drafts
The heat from your furnace or heat pump system can escape out through crackes in the doors and windows of your home. This means you lose energy that you’re otherwise still paying for! You might want to consider investing in weatherstripping, which will help seal your windows and doors, ensuring that the heat in your home actually stays there.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
This might seem like a strange wintertime tip, but bear with us! In the summertime, you’re likely to use your ceiling fans to cool off, right? They create a light breeze, and when used in combination with your air conditioner, it makes you feel even cooler. In fact, on mild days, you might even be able to turn your AC off altogether, which naturally saves energy.
Well, this same concept can be applied to your heating system. There is a small switch near the center of your fan. When you flip it, it reverses the direction that the fan blades turn. This pulls warmed air down from the ceiling, which means you can adjust your heater thermostat because you’ll naturally feel warmer.
Schedule That Tune-Up!
We mentioned maintenance above—don’t skip it! We know it can be tempting to do so, especially if nothing seems wrong with your furnace or heating system. But the fact of the matter is, many heating system problems start out pretty subtle, and scheduling annual heating maintenance will help our pros catch these subtle issues before they even have the chance to turn into bigger emergencies.