In some states, heating season is already in full swing, and there’s no place we’d rather be during the cold winter days than home. But are you making sure your home is warm enough, and more importantly are you wasting too much money on keeping it that way?
There are many ways to make your home stay warm that do not include expensive weatherizing projects, expensive addition or other things that drain your credit card. In fact, the most effective methods are either really affordable or completely free and DIY-friendly.
Let’s start with an affordable, but priceless furnace maintenance. In order to work properly, provide clean, heated air and not eat up too much of your paycheck, a furnace has to be regularly inspected by a professional. This includes cleaning or replacing filters, air-duct insulation, and other routine steps. Not only will your furnace work much better, it will be more environmentally friendly as well. You can learn more about the importance of furnace maintenance at this link: https://www.actionac.net/heating-system-furnace-repair-san-diego/
Use Windows Blinds to Your Advantage
You would be surprised how much heat you can let into your home if you just leave your south-side windows blinds open during the sunny days. To maximize the effect prune any foliage obscuring the sun’s rays. When the sun sets, it’s time to cover all windows to keep the heat from escaping. You should also consider adding dual shades that help absorb the sunlight in the winter and reflect it during the summer.
Don’t Heat an Empty House
Heating your home for hours while no one is there is one of the costlier mistakes homeowners make. Instead, consider installing a programmable thermostat. This handy device will allow you to set the time for the heater to start working, meaning you can set it to start heating your home just before you get back from work. Additionally, if you program the thermostat to just 10 degrees less when you’re sleeping you could save up to 15% on your heating bill.
Eliminate Drafts and Leaks
Another great way to save some dollars on heating is to seal all the leaks that may be letting the heated air out, reducing your furnace’s efficiency and making it work more to compensate. These leaks are usually found around all windows and doors. Fortunately, it only takes a bottle of insulating foam to cover them up and prevent the precious heat from escaping. Another area of the home where the air might be escaping is the attic. Even if the attic floor is insulated, the hot air can still pass through the access door, which is why you should make sure they are tightly sealed.
Allow Uninterrupted Hot Air Flow
Sometimes all it takes to increase the heating efficiency of your furnace is to allow the air to flow uninterrupted. That means rearranging the furniture and making sure none of it is blocking the air ducts or radiators. Additionally, if the ducts are full of debris and dirt, hiring a professional furnace technician to clean it could allow the trapped heat to flow and vastly increase your heating system’s performance.
If you need to schedule furnace maintenance before the heating season contact Action Air Conditioning & Heating of San Diego at 4455 Murphy Canyon Rd Suite 100–5, San Diego, CA 92123, USA; 800-400-4152