It’s been a long year and we’ve all been through a lot. It would be extremely stressful for your heating system to run into trouble now, but it’s an unfortunate reality for a lot of people. The longer you can keep your heating system running optimally and efficiently, the better off you’ll be.
So, let’s figure out a few ways to keep your heating system running efficiently. Most of these tips are actually free and will be huge boons for your home and budget. But nothing can replace a professional providing you with HVAC repair in Nashville. While you enjoy the holiday season this year, be sure to pay some attention to your heating system so that it works properly, and keep our number handy in case you run into any problems.
What can you do to improve your home’s heating efficiency? Keep reading to find out.
Change the Air Filter Regularly
Yep, it’s that reminder that your heating system requires an air filter change every 1–3 months. And while we’re on the topic, why not just shut the unit down and change the air filter now?
This component is simple to change (and we recommend homeowners do this job themselves), but it’s an integral part of your heating system. It catches debris and dust before it has a chance to gunk up the system and cause it to run inefficiently. In fact, if your heating system costs a lot of money to run now, we recommend changing the air filter and then checking back again in a month. You might see an improvement in the system’s efficiency as a result.
Dress Comfortably and Use Your Thermostat Responsibly
We know this isn’t the most exciting tip, but it’s very useful. It might be more fun and exciting to set your thermostat to 70° so your home can feel like a cozy safe haven on a snowy night, but that’s just not realistic for your heating system. The higher you set your thermostat, the harder and longer the heater will work until you’re paying too much on your monthly heating bills.
Here’s an idea: set your thermostat to a moderate temperature, like the mid-60s (and try the low-60s when you’re sleeping). Then, use warm clothes and wool socks to stay cozy and warm with body heat, while you give your heater a well-deserved break. Top things off with some hot cocoa or a warm bowl of soup, and you’ll feel warm and cozy in no time!
Keep Doors and Windows Closed
One thing that can be killer for your home’s heating efficiency is poor insulation. An open door or window will cause your heater to run much more frequently because all the heat its creating is escaping your home. Don’t let this become a reality for your home heating.
Keep your windows and doors closed throughout the winter if you can help it. It might be time to invest in an air filter or air purifier if your home is still feeling stuffy as a result.