There’s nothing like coming back to a cozy home after being outside in the cold. However, heating your property can be more complicated than you might think. The proper practices will ensure you make the most of your HVAC system and keep costs to a minimum. Before the temperatures start to drop, call your HVAC contractor for an inspection and review these tips to ensure your warmth throughout the season. 

Do:

Determine if you need furnace repairs. 

Before winter arrives, check that your furnace is working correctly. Ensure the thermostat is operating as it should and that the vents are clear of obstructions. Clean the ducts with a vacuum or microfiber cloth if necessary.

Clean or change the filter as well. If you experience any issues with the furnace when you turn it on, such as cold spots or insufficient heat, contact an HVAC contractor to schedule repairs. 

Reverse the direction of ceiling fans. 

Ceiling fans aren’t just for summer. Find the switch that reverses the direction of the blades; it’s usually located on the center portion of the fan.

Using your fans while the furnace is on will distribute warm air from the ceiling down into the room. This can increase comfort and energy efficiency, putting less strain on the heater. 

Don’t:

Crank up the thermostat. 

hvac contractorIf you come home to a cold house, your first instinct may be to crank up the thermostat in hopes of heating it quickly. Unfortunately, thermostats don’t work immediately. The furnace needs time to produce the desired temperature, and cranking up the thermostat will expend significant energy, straining the system.

Instead, set the thermostat to your desired temperature and wait patiently. You might want to consider investing in a smart device that allows you to set the temperature from afar or based on a schedule.

Leave space heaters unattended. 

Space heaters can be useful supplements for your home’s primary heating system. However, they can be fire hazards, so it’s crucial to exercise caution.

Ensure that there’s at least a 3-foot clearance around them to avoid nearby materials overheating and catching fire. Also, never leave them on at night or unattended. You should also use heaters that have safety features that automatically shut them off if they tip over.

 

Don’t get left in the cold this winter. If you need heating services, including repairs or replacements, turn to All American Air Conditioning. For years, this HVAC contractor has served Mohave County, AZ, providing a range of HVAC services to keep residents comfortable and safe year-round. Call (928) 855-4549 to speak with a friendly staff member to schedule service, or visit the website to learn more about how they can help you.