Thursday, November 2, 2017

Get The Most Out Of Your Heating System This Winter

As the weather starts to get colder, we are reminded that winter is right around the corner. Chances are, your heating system gets a lot of use during the winter time. It’s important to keep your home cozy and comfortable as the temperatures continue to drop. Royal Heating & Air knows that a reliable furnace is vital during the winter months and it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to keep your house warm. The best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks has some steps you can take to maximize your heater’s efficiency. These tips will help drop your costs all while delivering the heat you want.

Schedule Professional Heating Maintenance

It’s important to schedule routine maintenance as soon as the summer comes to an end. During the warmer months when you don’t use your heater, it’s possible that dust and dirt have built up. Worn parts probably haven’t been replaced since the previous winter. A heating tune-up from your Lake of the Ozarks HVAC company can help fix all of the little problems, this helps reduce the strain on your heating system and lowers the amount of energy it uses to warm your home. When you get routine maintenance, your technician will also make sure dangerous combustions gases, such as carbon monoxide, are safely venting outside.

Change Filters and Bleed Radiator

You should set a reminder to check your air filter every 30 days. You shouldn’t wait more than 90 days to clean or replace it. When you put in a new filter, it’s a good idea to write the date of replacement on the filter itself so you know how long it’s been since you last replaced it. By regularly changing your filter, you will not only improve your home’s indoor air quality, but you will help reduce the strain on your HVAC system. You should also make sure that your vents are open and unobstructed.

If you have a radiator, don’t forget to “bleed” them at the beginning of every heating season. As soon as water starts coming out, close the valve and move on to the next one.

Seal Common Air Leaks

Seal common air leaks around your home to keep your heat inside. You’re not wanting to heat the whole neighborhood after all. The most common air leaks are usually found around windows and doors. The more air leaks you have, the harder and longer your heaters has to work to heat your house. The more your house is sealed, the warmer your house will stay.

Carbon Monoxide and Fire Protection

Besides scheduling your fall furnace maintenance, it’s important to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every 30 days to make sure they are working properly. Home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the colder months when we are constantly running our heating systems. You should have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home and outside every sleeping area.
Also, if you have a fireplace and chimney, don’t forget to get it inspected and cleaned every year. Creosote buildup in a chimney is a common cause of a home fire.

Consider Upgrades

Consider adding upgrades to your system to increase it’s efficiency as well as it’s versatility. If you have an older thermostat, you could replace it with a programmable or smart thermostat. You could also consider a zone control system. A zone control system lets you tailor the temperature to different areas of your home. This allows you to heat the parts of the house that you are in while leaving the rest be, this means the heater uses less energy. Fans can help you feel warmer by pushing the hot air that’s near the ceiling down to the living spaces below.

Royal Heating & Air wants you to know that high energy bills and discomfort don’t have to be part of the winter season. With a little planning, you can help reduce costs without decreasing the level of comfort in your home. If your furnace is needing fall maintenance or a tune-up, give the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call. 

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