Fall Heating Tips
Fall Heating Tips
October 19, 2018
The transition from summer to fall is a tricky one, and it goes beyond just figuring out the right types of clothes to wear. You’ve also got to keep in mind that your home’s HVAC system hasn’t been configured to go into heating mode for a while, so it’s got to have some time to adjust.
Simply flipping the thermostat from “cooling” mode to “heating” mode will work for the most part, but you won’t be able to maximize the efficiency available from a properly altered home. Here are a few tips from American Air and Heat to help your home meet its maximum heating potential!
Leave Vents Obstruction-Free
Vents are small, but if they can’t perform their job like they were designed to do, then your whole home’s circulation system gets thrown out of whack.
Your air needs somewhere to enter your home, and blocked vents present a wide range of problems.
Vents need to remain free and clear, and they need to stay open all the time. Make sure curtains aren’t in the way and double-check to be certain a couch hasn’t accidentally slid over a vent cover.
Insulate Your Water Heater
One of the most enjoyable feelings on a cold day is hopping in a warm shower or soaking in a hot bath – but without hot water, it’s useless! Your water heater can lose a lot of heat simply through basic operation, and it’ll end up costing you more money as you crank the temperature higher and higher.
Trap the heat inside the water heater by wrapping it and the pipes it flows through with insulation. You can get some actual insulation and cover it with that, but an insulated blanket will work just fine.
Change Up the Fan Direction
When the temperature drops, flip the switch on your ceiling fan to reverse the direction it spins, from clockwise to counter-clockwise. This blows the hot air back down into the room, keeping you and your family warm.
Double-Check Seals on Doors and Windows
A lot of valuable hot air can escape from your home, and you might not even realize it until it’s too late and you’re dealing with sky-high energy bills. This can be a result of several potential things, but one that you can fix right now is checking the seals on entry points to your home.
If you don’t properly seal your doors and windows, hot air seeps outside, and that adds up over time if you’re not careful.
Schedule a Tune-Up
One surefire way to ensure your home is ready for the fall is by scheduling a tune-up from a professional technician. They’ll get your furnace back to its maximum efficiency, and as an added bonus they’ll be able to tell you if there are any problematic areas that need immediate attention – well before those issues get larger.
American Air and Heat is your go-to heating service provider. Our technicians are trained and experienced, and their expertise can help make sure you and your family stay warm and comfortable as temperatures drop.
Give us a call at 800-421-2665 today!