Halloween is just around the corner. Creepy costumes, glowing Jack-o-Lanterns, a chilling breeze swirling across your face as you sit in your living room watching your favorite horror movie. Wait, what? If your house is haunted by less-than-sufficient heat during cooler weather, take note of these helpful home heating tips from Canal Winchester Heating and Cooling:
Having an annual inspection and cleaning of your HVAC system will prevent any problems rearing their ugly heads when the weather turns especially frightening. A trained HVAC contractor will give your system a thorough cleaning, including the vents and airways that will carry the warm air into your home, ensuring that it will be free of dust and other pollutants. An inspection done at the beginning of the season will reveal any issues that need to be dealt with before they can create havoc, interrupting your service and potentially bleeding your wallet dry in furnace repair or replacement costs.
When your furnace’s air filter becomes clogged with dust and debris, then the clean heated air is unable to get through to be carried into your home. Once a month check your furnace’s filter and replace it if necessary. Be sure to replace it at least once during the winter months. A clogged air filter causes your system to work even harder to try to force the warm air through, burning up the motor and requiring repair or replacement of furnace parts or possibly your entire HVAC system.
Cover your windows with insulated shades and stylish, heavy or lined drapes to decorate your room and to keep your heat in the house where it belongs. Drafty windows can allow heat to escape and cold air to creep in. When the witching hour is over and the sun is up, you can open the drapes and shade to allow the sunlight to warm your home naturally.
Don’t let cold floors bring a chill to your whole room. Carpeting works for floors the same way that insulation works for walls and ceilings. If you don’t want to commit to permanent carpeting in your home, you can choose area rugs and hall runners to keep cold floors from casting a chill over the entire room.
Do a quick inspection of your house and make sure that all the airways are clear and uncovered so that heat can make its way through the rooms in your home without being blocked. Move furniture, drapes, and rugs away from heating ducts. Place beds, chairs, and sofas near them to create a warm, cozy space.
Close off or cover air vents in any rooms or areas in your home that are not frequently used. There is no need to waste heat in spare bedrooms, guest rooms, attics, basements, etc. For rooms that are used sporadically, use a space heater for warmth. Always remember to turn the space heater off when the area is no longer in use.
Ceiling fans aren’t just for keeping rooms cool. By switching the setting to Reverse on your ceiling fans you can magically circulate the warm air throughout the room without cooling the air.
How many times have you left your house only to remember later that you forgot to turn the setting down on your thermostat? How many times have you had to wait for the house to warm up once you get home and turn up the thermostat? A programmable thermostat will eliminate all of that. This handy device will automatically adjust your heat settings day or night, whether you are at home or not. Just program in the temperature and the time of day (or night) you want it to be in effect, and your programmable thermostat will take care of the rest.
Treat yourself to a warm, glowing fire occasionally and give your furnace some time off. There’s nothing more welcoming when the wind is whistling outside than a nice fire. Turn down the thermostat and feel the heat…from your fireplace. If you’re feeling a bit chilly but you don’t want to turn the thermostat any higher, use a space heater to make the room toasty.
Canal Winchester Heating and Cooling has a full staff of professionals waiting to assist you with your HVAC needs and winter weather preparations. Give us a call at 614-524-4737 or visit us on the web at https://www.cwheating.com. Schedule your HVAC inspection and cleaning now to keep your system working great all season long.