We’re all excited by the spirit of giving during this time of year. An efficient, working heater is a gift that the whole family can enjoy together. We know it doesn’t fit in a stocking, but reliable home heating that doesn’t cost a fortune in energy bills is a sound investment.
We want to give you a gift that keeps on giving by providing some tips and tricks on how you can get the most from your heating system. Read on to learn some different ways that you can make the most of your heater’s capabilities while keeping your energy bills manageable.
Keep your doors and windows closed but leave the curtains open
Keeping the house comfortable throughout the winter season is all about keeping the warmth inside and the cold outside. One of the easiest ways to do this is to keep your doors and windows closed, keeping the cool air outside where it belongs. But don’t stop there! On days when the sunlight is hitting the windows, open the curtains or blinds. This allows the radiant heat from the sun to enter your home while keeping the cold air outdoors.
Give your heater the gift of yearly maintenance
Maintaining your heater with an annual heater tune-up in Staten Island is really important. That’s why our team recommends and provides this service. During heater maintenance, our trained technicians will assess and tune up your system, improving its overall efficiency and effectiveness. Seemingly simple tasks such as cleaning out dust and adjusting components will help your system operate at its best which will lower your energy bills.
Check and change the system’s filter
The filter for your heater is made to protect the heater rather than trying to improve your indoor air quality–although it certainly won’t worsen your air quality, either.
The filter sits in your system’s return air duct, where it pulls in air to heat up. It captures dust, pollen, and other debris in order to keep them out of your heater. The cleaner your heater is, the better it will operate. Make sure to check your air filter regularly and change it or if you have a reusable one, clean it every 1-3 months.
Bundle up and turn the thermostat down
Do you have one family member that likes to turn up the thermostat because they are cold, but they won’t put on a sweater? This is the year to encourage them to bundle up. Gift them a nice sweater so that you can turn the thermostat down.
Ideally, keep your thermostat set to 68° during the day. This will keep the house reasonably warm without driving up your energy bills. There is also the option to turn the thermostat down at night when everyone is warm in their beds.
Using these best practices will help you get better performance from your heater without increasing your costs. If you’re still struggling to stay warm, then it may mean you need added heater services such as repairs.
Whatever you need, we are here to help. Contact Bob Mims Heating & Air Conditioning for heating help. Serving Staten Island’s Heating and A/C needs since 1955.