Hosting a party? Or maybe you are even having family or loved ones stay in your home this holiday. Either way, you want your home to be comfortable and cozy this holiday season. Here are tips to follow to be sure your home is ready for the holidays.
Keep Up With Your Regular HVAC Maintenance
The top way to deal with a cold winter? Preventative maintenance! So yes, that means part of the way to ensure your home is ready for the holidays it the work you do before the cold winter actually hits…
Regular maintenance of your home heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is critical for its long life. That’s why we offer a preventative maintenance program that allows for an inspection and maintenance in April and in October—that is, for both the cooling start-up season and the heating season.
In checking the air handlers and furnace(s), we also:
- Check the evaporator fan motor amp draws
- Verify proper manifold gas pressure
- Check induced draft motor amp draw
- Verify all safety’s Clean flame rod (if applicable)
- Check heat exchanger
- Inspect flue and fresh air make–up Inspect contractors
- Electric resistance heating elements
- Disconnects & wiring
- Tightening all electrical connections
- Verify proper thermostat operation & program
Preventative maintenance isn’t just to keep up with warrant requirements or to help you save costs. That’s important, yes, but it’s also about the safety of your system.
A problem with your furnace, when left undetected, can cause carbon monoxide, petroleum, or natural gas to be present in the home. That’s clearly something you want to avoid!
Pay Attention to the Thermostat
If you have any signs of your thermostat not working properly, pay attention. That means if the display isn’t working quite right, or maybe your furnace isn’t kicking in when it should, don’t just ignore those signs. It could mean something is up, and more serious issues (or damage) could follow!
When it comes to setting your thermostat for the big party at your house, know that it may make sense to lower the thermostat a few degrees. After all, all the extra people and the warm oven may mean you don’t need the temperature as high as you normally do.
Get Your Ductwork Inspected
It really is all about the airflow, isn’t it! Getting your ductworks inspected and cleaned helps to ensure your heat is as efficient as it can be. Plus, you’ll know the airflow really is getting to where it should be in your house. No unwanted leaks mean your furnace should be able to run more optimally, too.
Dust Your Home
Yes, dusting may just make the house cleaner, but it also can help with air quality. The more you dust, the less dust is in the air…and well, the less work your HVAC has to do to clean and purify the air. So, believe it or not, dusting can actually help to improve the efficiency of your HVAC—and thus, it can help you stay as comfortable as possible.
A Few Other Tips to Remember to Save Money & Stay Comfortable
When was the last time you changed your air filters? Ask us if you need help in determining just how often you need to change your air filter. Changing your air filter makes sure your system isn’t having to work harder than necessary and it ensures it’s working as efficiently as it can.
That translates to big time savings, too, when your bill arrives! If the filter is clogged, it can do damage to your system over time—plus you may be putting the system at risk of failure.
If you can, consider lowering your hot water heater. It may make sense to lower it so you can still be warm but save money (1).
Have you closed your damper? This time of year people do enjoy using the fireplace. But after doing so, be sure to close the damper so you can avoid losing a great deal of heated air…and money, too (1).
Turn to Greater Comfort for Furnace & Heating Repair
You can turn to Greater Comfort for all your heating needs: maintenance, 24/7 service, repair and install. We’re here to help you, your family, and loved ones stay warm and comfortable this holiday season and beyond. Contact the experts at Greater Comfort today at 859-491-4915.