While we are sure we can all appreciate our heating systems during the colder fall & winter months, and let’s face it even sometimes into early spring, higher energy bills, and any issues or repairs that our heating system may face, we aren’t so appreciative of. With that being said, heating your home as efficiently and effectively as possible can be accomplished by paying attention to and making sure you aren’t making these crucial heating mistakes. From improper use of your thermostat to not realizing that your heated air is escaping through a small crack in your window, we are ready to cover all of these little mistakes that can actually make a big impact on how effectively your residential property is heated.
Biggest Heating Mistakes Most People Make
Not Locking Your Windows
As we mentioned above, a window that is not sealed tightly can often allow cold air to infiltrate its way into your home while also allowing the heated air from within to escape. By making sure to lock your windows you are also ensuring that each window is sealed as tightly as possible. Should you notice air escaping even after your windows are locked, you may need to take a look at the seal around your windows and have any damaged ones fixed ASAP.
Heating An Empty House
While we all want to come home to a warm and toasty house after being out on the snow-filled roads in single-digit temperatures, heating an empty house is not the way to do it. If you will be gone most of the day or for the entire weekend you should not heat your house the same way as you would if you are not going to be there for long periods of time. Investing in a programable or smart thermostat allows you to set & control the heating of your home from your smartphone. This means you are able to increase the heat when you are on your way home without having to heat an empty house all day.
Not Changing Those Air Filters
Your air filter is there to help filter out any dust or debris that can get in and hinder the effectiveness and how efficiently your heating system or furnace work. Dirty air filters thus make it harder for your heating system to function and perform properly. Not only will this affect the overall amount of heat in your home it can also lead to serious problems and repairs if left long enough. Make sure to change your filters regularly to prevent any repairs, damage, or lack of heat.
Cranking Up That Thermostat
While you may think if you crank your heating system all the way up to 85 degrees just to “get the house warm” you aren’t actually helping the situation. In fact, cranking up your thermostat will not actually heat your house any faster than if you turned it down a bit.
Closing Vents In Unused Rooms
This may seem like a perfectly good idea, I mean why do you need to heat an empty room that no one will be in? But the truth of the matter is, your heating system was designed to heat your house evenly. This means that when you close a heating vent in another room the heated air is not being distributed evenly which disrupts the balance and how well your heater works overall.
No Regular Heating Maintenance
Scheduling regular heating system or HVAC maintenance is very important not only how effectively your heating system performs but also to the overall life of your system. And maintaining your heating system also helps to catch small issues before they become larger more expensive heating repairs!
Should you feel that your heating system isn’t performing its best it is always a great idea to run through our checklist of common heating mistakes. Should you still feel that your system is not working properly it is highly suggested to have your heating system looked at by a professional heating system repair expert. As we mentioned previously, catching small problems before they turn into bigger, more complicated, and expensive repairs can really make all the difference!