Fall is a great time to have your heating system checked and prepare it for the cold winter nights ahead. A few simple heating system tips will help keep you warm and avoid costly breakdowns.
“Heating and cooling is the single biggest energy consumer in your home, and accounts for about 40 percent of all the energy used by homeowners,” said Steve Yurek, AHRI President and CEO. “That’s why taking steps to ensure your unit is running as efficiently as possible can help offset heating costs this winter.”
Here are a few things you can do yourself to help maintain your heating system:
- Change the air filter regularly. It makes sense to check your air filter once a month to see if it is dirty. Keeping your filter clean can cut energy consumption 5 to 15 percent. It is best to turn off the system before changing the filter to prevent dust and other objects, such as plastic bags from being sucked into the system while the filter is out of place. Not sure what air filter to use? Get our advice on air filters.
- For heat pump owners, you’ll want to make sure leaves haven’t blocked the airflow through your outdoor unit. If there are some leaves around the outdoor unit, simply raking them away will ensure that proper airflow through the outdoor unit will keep it working the way it should.
- Check to make sure the room air vents inside your home are not obstructed by furniture. This typically isn’t a problem in most homes here in the Charlotte area because the vents are usually located on the ceiling or maybe high up on a wall. However, if you do happen to have floor vents, putting a chair or other furniture over the top of it will block air flow to the room.
- Consider installing a programmable thermostat. There are thermostats available that will even help you keep your home comfortable during transition periods in the spring and fall by switching between cooling and heating systems as needed. This is a job you could do yourself, but if dealing with wires doesn’t seem like a good idea to you, then have it professionally installed.
It is always a good idea to have your furnace serviced by a professional to ensure that it is operating safely and efficiently. At Panther, we offer a variety of regular maintenance plans to make sure your heating system is ready to go before the weather turns cold. Regular service helps prevent breakdowns and makes sure that your system is operating safely (no carbon monoxide leaks, etc).