Winter is practically here! As you raise the temps on the thermostat, now is a good time to schedule an HVAC inspection with The Appliance Doctor, if you have not done so already. To help keep your home warm and comfortable this season, we rounded up several helpful tips to ensure your heating system works safely and efficiently. For HVAC inspections and repairscall us at 970-623-0152; for all other appliance repairs and needs, call us at 970-773-1000.
Winter Heating Tips
Reverse Ceiling Fans
Most ceiling fans have a rotation setting. For wintertime, set the blades to spin clockwise, which will draw warmer air downward.
Use A Programmable Thermostat
Use a programmable thermostat to set the temperature lower when you’re out of the house. By doing so you can lower your energy consumption by as much as 25%.
Don’t Forget To Test Your Thermostat
Be sure to turn off AC mode on your thermostat; otherwise, running the heat while on this mode can be costly.
Check All Smoke Detectors
Check all smoke detectors to ensure each one works properly, and replace any batteries if needed.
Keep Temps Steady
Turning your heating system on and off can make your heating system work harder than it should, to warm up your home again. Instead, stick with a steady temperature range.
Check That All Vents Are Open
Check that all vents are open and are not blocked by boxes, furniture, or other objects. When a vent is closed or blocked, your heating system works harder than necessary.
Change Your Furnace’s Filter
If you haven’t already, change your furnace’s air filter, to ensure proper airflow.
Maintain A Good Humidity Level
Colorado’s winters are especially dry. To help heat transfer, maintain a humidity level of about 40% inside your home. Humidity aids in heat transfer, making for a more comfortable climate. Humidity also benefits your hair and skin, and can help alleviate respiratory issues like allergies. Another bonus: humidity is beneficial for furniture. Use humidifiers where they are needed most in the home.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
Schedule an HVAC inspection with us at 970-623-0152. Regular maintenance will ensure your HVAC system runs smoothly, no matter the season. Big plus: a properly working HVAC system is cost-efficient. When your heating system does what it is supposed to do, you save money. Call us today to schedule regular inspections before your heating system gives you problems. We are here and happy to help you get your house cozy for winter.