How To Improve Your Heating System
The autumn and winter months bring warm drinks, cozy sweaters, and holiday nostalgia. But they also bring cooler temperatures and brisk winds. This can put a strain on your heating system, leading to high energy bills and poor functionality. Your heater may even stop working altogether. To stay comfortable all season long, follow these steps to improve your heating system.
Check the Air Filters
It’s true that air filters are there to improve your air quality but they also protect your heating system from dust and debris. When a filter is clogged, your system is vulnerable to damage and has to work harder due to poor airflow. This is especially a problem for homes with shedding pets. Make sure you have the correct size filter and replace it every 1-3 months for optimal performance. You’ll be surprised how this simple fix can improve your heating system.
Perform Annual Maintenance
Before it gets cold, make sure your heating system is working well by performing an annual inspection. Turn it on, listen for any rattling sounds and make sure warm air is coming out. Call your technician and be sure to let them know if you encountered any issues with your heater. They will be able to service your heating system and perform the necessary tune-ups or repairs to keep it running efficiently.
Look For Areas Where Heat Could Escape
This may sound like a no-brainer, but there are likely spaces in your house where heat is escaping and cold air is coming through. Keep all windows and doors closed and be sure to shut your chimney damper if you have one. Also, inspect the weather stripping and replace it if it’s damaged or worn out. If you feel a significant draft near a window, even when it is closed, it may be time to upgrade it to a multi-paned, insulated window.
Insulate Your Home
Windows and doors aren’t the only places heat can escape. Did you know that heat rises? Without a properly insulated attic, your precious heat could be disappearing through the ceiling. Traditional fiberglass insulation deflates over time and will need to be replenished. You can also opt for more durable and efficient foam insulation if it’s within your budget. This will help your heating system run more efficiently.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Your system (and wallet) is going to take a hit if your heat is on full blast at all hours. Set your thermostat to the lowest tolerable temperature (we recommend 68 degrees) and turn it down when you leave or go to bed. Some thermostats even have a scheduling feature where you can preset temperatures for certain hours of the day.
Improve Your Heating System With Help From Stephens
If your heating system just needs some minor improvements, you can look into upgrading your thermostat or replacing certain parts. But sometimes there’s just nothing else to be done. Eventually, your heating system will reach the end of its lifespan and you will need to replace it with a new and improved heater. When the time comes, you can trust Stephens Plumbing to get your home warm and cozy again. With decades of experience, a well-trained team, and a commitment to excellence, Stephens Plumbing is the only resource you need to improve your heating system.