Must Read: Winter Home Heating Tips
As the winter weather is now coming in earnest, it is important to know some good ways to help your heating system get the job done. Any good heating contractor can offer you some helpful tips on doing just that. When you think of the money and energy that can be saved, it only makes sense to put some or all of the following suggestions into practice:
Keep Doors Closed
When doors to rooms and closets are left open, it causes the air from the vents to flow more freely than is meant. This results in the system having to run longer to get the main rooms well heated, as the heated air so easily escapes the area. Avoiding this common issue is as simple as keeping doors to rooms and closets closed.
Invest in Good Insulation
A good layer of insulation is something that any good heating contractor will suggest. The better insulated your home is, the less treated air will escape. Right now, with some new legislation in place, there are even some tax rebates and insurance benefits that can come from investing in good insulation.
Don't Mess with the Temperature
Set a good temperature, and leave it alone. Many people erroneously think that it is cheaper to set the temperature in the house low at night and high in the morning. The truth of the matter is that your HVAC system will have to work extra hard to get the temperature back up to the normal high. this can wear out the machine and will cause a needless delay before the comfortable daytime temperature is reached again. Select a main temperature and leave it there unless you are leaving for the weekend.
Get Floor Covers for Hard Floors
If you have tile, laminate, or hardwood flooring in your main living areas, then this could be making your heating system work harder than is needed. The hard floors will not absorb the heat from the system, which can result in a colder room that has to be heated more often. Get some nice rugs and floor coverings for these areas, and you will likely see a big change in how often your system has to kick on.
Get the System Serviced
When a machine is working that hard to keep you and your family warm, the least you can do is offer it a little TLC now and again. Have your system tuned up and cleaned up before the winter weather sets in, and maybe even halfway through the winter if the season is rigorous on the system.