Heating Tips for Fall
After a warm summer, it’s hard to get into the mindset of keeping the heat in your house. Here are some of our favorite heating tips for heating your home in an energy efficient way!
Seal it up
Cold air can creep inside if windows and doors aren’t sealed. You should check the base and edges of doors and windows for drafts. If you feel any, purchase some rubber weatherstripping and apply it to seal up and prevent draftiness. It will keep the cold air from getting in and prevent your system from having to work harder.
Weatherstripping and caulking are probably the least expensive, simplest and most effective methods for conserving energy in the winter and summer. Improperly sealed homes can add an extra 10 to 15 percent to your energy bill and reduce the effectiveness of air-conditioning in the summer and warm in the cold months.
Don’t block vents.
Make sure that furniture, curtains, coffee tables, and other items are not obstructing your floor vents. Your system was designed to have airflow pouring out of those vents, and when blocked, it will not heat your home properly.
Bonus vent tip: If dog or pet hair is bunching up around your HVAC returns, be sure to vacuum it up and keep it out of your ductwork
You can’t ignore the air filter
One of the most important heating tips, and easiest, things you can do is change your air filter every month. When the filter gets dirty, the congestion makes the system work harder. That ultimately increases your energy bills and can potentially shorten the life of your unit.
The U.S. Department of Energy says the average household energy bill is $2,200 a year. Changing your air filter every month or so can save from 5 to 15 percent.
And it’s not just about money. If anyone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, dirty air filters can worsen the air quality and exacerbate the symptoms. Replacing your filter removes much of the dust and pollen particles and ensures that your air quality stays healthy.
Annual Heating Maintenance
It really is impossible to overstate just how beneficial professional heating maintenance is. When you schedule annual maintenance with our qualified heating technicians, your system is going to receive a thorough inspection and a meticulous tune-up. This type of maintenance is much more than simply cleaning off the burners and changing the air filter.
There are electrical connections to tighten and test, and voltage levels to measure. You need to know for certain that your system is burning fuel not only efficiently, but safely as well. All moving parts must be sufficiently lubricated. It’s a very detailed process, and scheduling your heating maintenance in Denver with our staff is one way to guarantee that it is completed properly.
Call a Professional For Heating Repair
The best way to deal with any heating problems is to schedule any necessary repair services as soon as possible. You really do not want to be waiting for your system to break down entirely before you schedule the repairs that your system needs. Just because your heater is up and running does not mean that it is functioning properly.
For instance, you may need furnace repairs in Denver if your system is starting up, but shutting right back down over and over. A spike in energy costs could mean that repairs are necessary, and any signs of corrosion on your boiler definitely suggest the need for boiler repair. When it comes to problems with your home heating system, any sign of trouble deserves professional attention.
Luke Cooper is the General Manager of the Cooper Green team and son of Gary Cooper, owner and CEO of Cooper HVAC. After years in the field, Luke took his talents to management and has helped thousands of Colorado homeowners during hot summers and frigid winters. His decade of experience in the field and guiding the company makes him one of the most knowledgeable individuals in Colorado on HVAC, plumbing, electrical and other home services.