Winter is right around the corner, which means colder temperatures are ahead. This is all a part of living in our area, but even though you might be used to the chill in the air, it doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate a fully functional heater that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg to run. Having a great heating system on your side means having an efficient heating system on your side. Wintertime temps last too long for you to be overpaying for comfort.
The first thing you can do to ensure that your heater is, in fact, operating as efficiently as possible is to schedule heating maintenance. We’ll touch on that more below! But maintenance isn’t the only way to boost heater efficiency or to heat your home efficiently this year. Read on as we uncover some of our top tips for doing just that.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
Your thermostat essentially serves as the “brain” of your HVAC systems. It’s such a small component in comparison to your entire heating or cooling system, but it has a big job.
While the thermostat is small, it’s the component through which you’re able to communicate with your home comfort systems. Upgrading to even the most basic digital thermostat (or even better, a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat) can help provide you with more affordable heating.
Were you aware that the air from your furnace or heat pump could be seeping through drafts in your doors and windows? This means you are losing energy that you’re otherwise paying for! If you have never done so, now is a great time to invest in some weatherproof sealant to seal up your windows and doors, ensuring that the heat in your home stays in your home this winter.
Utilize Your Ceiling Fans
Too few homeowners know this trick! Sure, you likely understand why you’d use your ceiling fans in the summer—it creates a movement of air to help you cool down faster and therefore allows you to turn the thermostat up a few degrees.
In the winter, you can reverse the direction of the ceiling fan blades by simply flipping a switch that’s at the center of the fan. This helps it to push heated air down from the ceiling for better distribution of warm air. You can help your furnace’s efficiency this way, too!
Schedule Regular Tune-Ups
As we mentioned above, maintenance is essential for your heating system. It’s the best way to make sure that your heater works as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as many years as possible. During your maintenance tune-ups, our professionals comprehensively inspect your furnace for any potential repair needs, we make needed adjustments, and we thoroughly clean your system.
Each of these steps combined ensures that your heater works as well as it can—as efficiently as it can!
If you have a furnace or boiler, then you should be sure to have maintenance scheduled once a year. If you’re using a year-round heat pump system then this should be upped to every 6 months. Be sure to ask us for more details and ask about our maintenance program!