This time of year having a properly and reliably functioning heating system is a necessity for a comfortable, livable home for a number of different reasons. Not only does your home’s heating system keep you and your family warm it also plays a major role in your home’s overall energy efficiency rating, utility bills, property value, and even safety. With so many different factors depending on a high quality heating system the demand for professional and reliable HVAC services becomes more urgent in the winter then in just about any other time of year. Fortunately, there are ways to ensure that your home stays safe, comfortable, and dependable through the long, cold months ahead.
1. Seal Leaks
The heat you’re paying for can easily escape through cracks and crevices, especially those around your home’s doors and windows. Apply caulking and other sealing materials to these openings and save energy and money!
2. Duct Inspections and Cleanings
The vents and ducts which carry warmth throughout your home should be regularly inspected and cleaned by professional HVAC contractors to ensure there aren't any leaks, blockages, pollutants, or fire hazards.
3. Thermostat Control
Programmable thermostat installations can save you a lot of energy, money, and hassles. They’re designed to adjust the temperature of your home at pre-programmed times throughout the day so that your home is heated when you want it and automatically not when you don’t need it.
4. Scheduled Inspections and Maintenance
Throughout the year your home’s heating system endures a lot of wear and tear and without regular maintenance can quickly decrease in reliability and functionality. Speak with professional HVAC contractors about scheduling a regular inspection for your home’s heating system.
5. Keep Moving Parts Lubricated
Whether your home’s heating system is based around gas heat, electric heat, or oil heat, it’s crucial to keep all moving parts of the system lubricated, clean, and dry to protect against overworking or dangerous conditions.
6. Tighten All Electrical Connections
Save money by inspecting the condition of your heating system’s electrical connections yourself! By simply keeping these connections in good condition you can increase your system’s functionality and life expectancy.
7. Inspect for Leaks Within Your Furnace
Overtime small cracks and tears within your home’s central furnace can lead to serious issues including the build-up of carbon monoxide. Have a trained heating contractor assess the state of your furnace before winter gets to its coldest to keep your family safe.
8. Gas Pressure Checks
In gas heating systems regulating the pressure throughout the system can help to make the heating system last longer and provide more reliable service. If this pressure is left unregulated you could be at risk for everything from less reliable, more expensive service to emergency heating repair needs.
9. Air Filter Cleaning and Replacements
In order to ensure the most safety and energy efficiency it’s important to clean your air filters at least once a month (and ideally have them replaced at least once every three months). This helps to improve the system’s efficiency tremendously while also improving the air quality of the home as a whole.
10. Make Use of All Your Heating Options
Allowing more midday light into your home and having your ceiling fans run in reverse are two simple ways to keep your home warm and comfortable without paying for heating services or putting extra stress on your home’s heating system.