Winter heating costs can be quite high, even in the warm environment of Orlando. Fortunately, there are several ways to improve its performance and keep your heating costs in line. So, how can you improve your home heating system?
- Have regular maintenance performed. Without regular tune-ups and oil changes, the performance of your car is going to degrade over time. The same applies to your heating system. Have an HVAC professional come in and check your system at least once a year. This can help keep your system performing efficiently year-round.
- Performing routine tasks to maintain system efficiency. If you have a radiant heat system, make sure you bleed air out of your radiators before the heating season begins. If you have a forced air system, check and change your filters at least once a month.
- Install a programmable thermostat. You don’t need to keep your home at ideal temperatures when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping. A programmable thermostat can do all the remembering for you when it comes to changing the temperature. This can help keep heating costs down without overworking your furnace.
- Keep air moving. Heat rises. You want to bring heat down into your living space. Your ceiling fans can do the trick. Just reverse the direction of your ceiling fan, so that it moves heated air down. Besides putting your ceiling fans to work, make sure your ductwork is in good condition. If you have leaks or gaps, get them filled to keep air moving.
- Make safety a priority. Don’t let things pile up around your heating system. If you do, it won’t run efficiently and could become a safety hazard. It’s important to install carbon monoxide detectors if you have a fuel burning furnace.
Taking steps to improve your home heating system will keep your home toasty, safe and efficient throughout winter. If you need more tips on improving your heating system, contact Rinaldi’s Air Conditioning Service.
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