Halloween is over, and boy was it a cold one! Actually, lastyear was pretty chilly as well! If you have not already, now is the time to make sure your home heating system is good to go and well-maintained before the really cold weather hits. The first thing you will want to do is look for any leaky or drafty spots in your home. Make sure all of your insulation is in place and close your storm doors and windows tightly. Sometimes we will overlook the small details such as making sure a storm door is closed all of the way, but that small detail makes the biggest difference!
If you are able to, invest in a plug-inheater. A lot of these heaters will have a setting where you can choose the temperature you want the heater set at. This saves a lot of money on your electric bill and it is also convenient because you can move it from room to room!
In order to keep the efficiency of your home heating system or heating pump high, make sure you keep up with a regular maintenance schedule and annual visit. This schedule includes a few monthly tasks you can do yourself. It is also recommended that you hire your local HVAC Company to come out annually and make sure everything is in proper working order. Some of the monthly tasks you can do include cleaning out vents and changing filters. This helps to keep dust from getting into your heating system. More importantly, it helps to prevent additional airborne contaminants from circulating throughout your home.
When you have your annual heating system visit from a technician, they will complete a thorough inspection and clean some of the areas you are not able to reach on your own. If you keep up with this annual maintenance, your heating system should last you twenty years or more! It is better and cheaper to spend the money now to have your regular maintenance rather than spend a ton of money having to replace your whole system.
You will also want to maintain proper humidity. If your air in your home is too try during the winter, it will not be able to hold the heat in too well and dry air can also cause your skin to dry out and damage wooden fixtures. Who knew?!