Winter will be here before we know it, and we would like to help you prepare! Sure, it might not get as chilly here as other parts of the country, but our winters pack quite the punch. And that requires a fully functioning heater that works powerfully and effectively.
Having a great heater in place means many things—it means having a system you can rely on and a system that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg to use. That’s right, you want that heater that works as efficiently as possible. After all, it is too cold for too long for homeowners to be overpaying for winter comfort.
Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take towards bettering heating efficiency that will leave you spending less to heat your home this year. Read on to learn more!
Step #1: Consider Upgrading Your Thermostat
While this component may seem small and inconsequential, it actually has a big job. It serves as the brain of your HVAC systems and allows you to communicate with your home comfort systems. Upgrading to even the most basic digital thermostat—even better, a programmable or WiFi thermostat—will help you start enjoying more efficient comfort.
Step #2: Add Caulking to Gaps in Windows and Doors
Got drafty windows or doors? This can hurt your heating efficiency! Not only does it let cold air in, but it lets your heated air out, leaving you paying for energy that you’re not even using. Consider investing in a bit of caulking/weatherstripping to seal up these gaps and ensure that the heat in your home stays in your home this winter.
Step #3: Utilize Your Ceiling Fans
This may seem like an odd suggestion when thinking about fall and winter temperatures, but bear with us! Yes, while it’s summertime, you would use your ceiling fans in combination with your air conditioner to make yourself feel even cooler. After all, ceiling fans help distribute the cooled air more effectively. As a result, you can turn your thermostat up a few degrees to lower your AC energy use.
This same concept can be applied to your heating system, by switching the direction of the fan blades. There is a small switch you can flip near the center of your ceiling fans, typically above the blades. With one flick, you can have more efficient warmth. Just remember to flip that switch back the other direction when temperatures warm up again!
Step #4: Don’t Skip Maintenance
Scheduling regular tune-ups for your heater is the leading way to ensure that your heater works as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible. During this service, out professionals will comprehensively inspect your heating system for potential repair needs, make adjustments as necessary, and thoroughly clean the system.
This all helps your heater work better—more efficiently—saving you money in the long run.