Written on: September 26, 2016
The cold weather seasons is fast approaching and many people start thinking about getting heating maintenance performed on their heaters. The top two concerns that consumers have are boosting the overall efficiency of their heating systems and making sure that this important equipment doesn’t break down when they need it most.
If you want your home heating equipment to work at an optimal levels and with minimal risk of breaking down, you need to be proactive about meeting these targets. Ace-Robbins, a professional company who specializes in HVAC repairs as well as propane and heating oil delivery, shares some insight on this topic. Following are a few, simple tips to help you get your home heating system winter-ready.
Throughout the cold months of winter, heated air is a very valuable commodity and thus, you don’t want to lose any of it. As such, it’s important to seal off all air leaks. There are a number of areas throughout the home that are likely to leak warm air. Among these are the window and door frames, spaces around your window AC systems,and baseboards and dryer vents that lead outdoors. Caulking can be used to seal all cracks and gaps around window frames and doors. For the best results, make sure to use a thin plastic film to seal your windows and use double-sided tape to tape this film down. You can easily remove it once summer arrives.
Ceiling fans are designed to move air all around rooms. Throughout the months of summer, fans are set to rotate in such a fashion that air is pulled up towards the ceiling. Given that cold air is denser than air that is warm, cool air is being pulled by the fan up from the ground, which has a cooling effect on the room overall. When the weather is cold, however, you will want to get the opposite effect which is accomplished by changing the direction of your fan. This will in turn, push the warm air down.
Insulation works to keep warm air inside. This helps a lot in terms of keeping your house efficient. As per the Energy Star program guidelines, the attic in your home should have about 12 to 15 inches of good insulation. If you currently have less than this amount, it’s important to add more insulation in. Insulating the average home is a fairly inexpensive endeavor. Moreover, it will usually take just several hours to get the insulating material installed.
Your indoor temperature doesn’t have to be at an optimal level at all times. For example, when people are out of the home for the day, the indoor temperature should be a bit lower. During the night, you will have your covers to keep you warm and thus, your indoor temperature can be a bit lower during the night hours as well. You can use a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust temperature settings throughout different periods of the day in order to cut your energy spending. When getting your home winter-ready, think about installing a programmable thermostat as this device can help you save a considerable amount of cash.
It takes a lot of energy to heat water and this means that you should never waste this heat. You can prevent heat waste by insulating the tank for your water heater. You should also insulate your hot water pipes so that heat isn’t lost from these either.
When winter arrives, you can give your furnace or heat pump a tune-up by hiring a reputable heating technician. This will boost the overall performance and efficiency of your heating equipment. Any small-sized issues or issues that are just developing can be repaired as well, so that your heating system doesn’t break down during the winter months.
In addition to scheduling a heating system tune-up, you should make an appointment to have your heating oil tank refilled or your propane tank refilled. This is also true for any propane tanks that you own. Make sure to call a reliable fuel delivery company that can deliver high-quality propane or oil for all your winter heating needs.
As a homeowner, you can certainly be want to be proactive. When you follow the above steps, you will reduce your home heating costs. As an added benefit, your home will hold in the heat and feel more comfortable. Be sure to schedule your annual heating system tune-up with a reputable and skilled HVAC company.
Ace-Robbins specializes in exceptional HVAC services. We also deliver propane and offer heating oil delivery. Be sure to contact us for all of your home heating needs. We have been in business since 1961 and since then, we have been providing quality services at affordable prices.
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Contact us today or give us a call at (570) 836-3232 if you have any questions.