Winter HVAC Heating Tips

heating tipsThere are a few tricks of the trade and household  heating tips to keep you warm this winter and save money on your heating expenses. You can reduce the amount of energy you use and add life to your heating system by following these simple tips.

Winter Setting For Ceiling Fans

Switch your ceiling fans so the run clockwise. Run them on low to allow them to recirculate the warm air that accumulates at the ceiling.

Program Your Thermostat

With today’s technology, you can install a programable thermostat to schedule when your heater comes on.  You can  program the heater to only warm the house when you are there. Set it to heat up a half hour before you come home. Night time is a good time to run the system a little cooler to and save an your heating bill too.

Replace Filters

Some filters need to be replaced every month to allow for good air flow. If you have pets you may need to replace them more often.

Replace Weather Stripping

Make sure your doors and windows aren’t leaking out warm air. A sealed house will save you money on heating costs too.

Keep The Chimney Damper Closed

If your not using your fireplace, warm air will escape out the chimney if you don’t close the damper.

Don’t Heat The Whole House

If you live in a two-story house and only use one floor, close the vents on the other floor. Consider installing a zone system to enable you to set different thermostat settings for different parts of the house.

Consider a Heating System Upgrade

If you are spending money heater repairs to an old unit, you may actually save money by switching to a new higher seer unit. Newer heaters heat better on less energy and with the new technology, they can keep you more comfortable and they are more reliable.

Maintain Your Heating System

The EnergyStar program recommends bi-annual maintenance for your HVAC system. If you haven’t had any heater maintenance in a while, a tune-up may be just what your heating system needs. Don’t forget to have the ductwork inspected for holes, leaks and blockages that would prevent your system from heating properly. Bad ducts can cause your heating system to work harder than it needs to which shorten the life of your heating system.

Ask Your HVAC Company About Other Heating Tips

If you have any questions about your HVAC system or you need to schedule maintenance or heater repairs, call Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning and they can make sure you can keep warm this winter.

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