We’ve seen the news reports. We’re in for a cold winter here in Southeastern Connecticut. Winter is right around the corner, so it’s important to get your home heating system checked so that your heat, and your money, don’t escape your house.
The Heat People are here to help keep those costs down and keep your house warm during this winter. Here are some important home heating tips for 2023.
Maintenance of your heating system is key. It’s not too late to get a service check-up to get ready for the winter. We’ve been enjoying some unseasonably warm temperatures recently, but don’t put it off for too long. The weather in Southeastern Connecticut can change in a second.
Regular heating system maintenance ensures your air filters are clear and your airflow and intake are operating as normal and providing optimal heat. The middle of the winter is the worst time for service, so make your appointment now. This ensures your heating system is running normal, but also efficiently so that you can save money on those heating bills.
Replace Air Filters
At the very least, replace those air filters with new ones for the winter season. It’s something you can typically do and it takes just a few minutes. The more clogged the filter, your heating system is working twice as hard, thus you’re spending twice as much to heat your home. Plus, the air filter removes the impurities from the air, ensuring you’re breathing in clean air. Not only does a new air filter improve your system’s efficiency, it’s cleaning your air, as well. If you have pets or if there’s anyone with allergies, you may want consider replacing the filter every few months.
Insulate Hot Water System
Placing foam sleeves over your water pipes near your exterior walls may save you money, as well. Plus, it reduces the threat of your pipes freezing and bursting in below zero temperatures.
Check Doors and Windows
You’re trying to seek out any leaks through doors and windows. Give your windows a little shake. If they rattle, they probably aren’t secure, so your heat is escaping. You can also feel for any drafts. Some caulk around the framing should be a quick fix. Check your doors for cracks and take a look at any weather stripping if there’s peeling or gaps. Also, make sure the hinges are tight.
Wait, my furniture? How is my furniture impact my home’s heat? The position of your furniture could be negatively impacting your heat flow. If you have furniture blocking your vents, even a little bit, you’re not receiving full heat. If you’re able to, move your furniture off or away from your vents.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Do you really need the thermostat set where it’s at? According to the Department of Energy, turning your thermostat back a few degrees can save 10% on your heating bill. We usually don’t need our home set at a high temperature, as we can just throw on an extra layer. If you don’t want to make the change, just adjust a degree or two per day and adjust to the change.
The Heat People Are Your Choice for Heating Service in Southeastern Connecticut
Now’s a great time to get a checkup on your HVAC system just ahead of the colder temperatures. The Heat People have over 30 years of experience and we’re confident we can provide exceptional service to ensure your heating system is running optimally and keeping your family warm. Give us a call to schedule a free in-home estimate and let’s get those bills lowered.