How to Prepare Your Home For the Heating Season
Autumn has officially arrived, and while daytime temperatures in Salt Lake City are still quite warm, homeowners will soon find it necessary to fire up their furnaces come nightfall. Many of these heating systems have not been used in months; it is essential to take some basic steps toward maximizing the efficiency of your furnace by following some simple steps to prepare your home for cooler temperatures:
Check–And Replace–Your Air Filter
No one wants the unwelcome surprise of a malfunctioning furnace when it’s time to heat your home. You’ll want to turn on and test your furnace before you actually need to draw on it for heat to make sure it is ready for the season. Check the air filter–is it blowing hot air? Is the filter dirty, and does it need changing in order to improve the unit’s efficiency? Testing your system ahead of time will reduce the possibility that you will be making repair calls on a dark and chilly night.
Adjust Your Ceiling Fan Direction
A ceiling fan adds an element of efficiency to your heating system. During the winter months, your fan blades should be rotating in a clockwise direction. This will allow air that is forced into your home via your furnace to naturally rise and circulate throughout the room, creating a warm and comfortable atmosphere.
Invest In A Humidifier
When winter is upon us, our need for heated homes brings with it some additional issues such as chapped lips, dry skin, increased risk of additional airborne illnesses, and static electricity. Balancing dry air with a humidifier will help your home remain clean and comfortable no matter how cold your winter nights become.
Use Your Thermostat Wisely
For every degree that you lower your thermostat in the wintertime, you reduce your overall energy costs by almost three percent! Lowering the temperature of your home when you are gone or sleeping will aid in keeping your costs low even more significantly. Making the investment of installing a SMART programmable thermometer will help you to implement energy-saving measures that will save you hundreds, if not thousands, in the long run.
Schedule Preventative Maintenance
As with any other mechanical device that undergoes normal wear and tear, your heating and cooling system needs regularly scheduled maintenance checks to make sure it is running smoothly and efficiently. A technician can look for things such as:
- Burner and blower efficiency
- Safety compliance and temperature regulation
- Whether cleaning and lubricating of parts will be necessary
- If airflow is regulated and efficient throughout your home
Putting these preventative measures in place on a regular basis will ensure that you won’t be surprised by unexpected and costly bills that you are not prepared to deal with.
The bitter cold months of winter can be quite costly if you have not put the proper preventative measures in place; safeguard your home against skyrocketing heating bills by contacting ESCO Heating, AC, Plumbing & Electric at (801) 204-9444 today for professional assessment and repair of your heating system.