Don’t wait until the frigid cold temps arrive to check your home’s heating system. Here in Pennsylvania, we know how brutal winters can be! That’s why it’s important to keep you and your loved ones warm all season long.
Don’t worry, we’ve got all the tips you need to help keep your home warm. Continue reading for tips on how to have a warm home this Pennsylvania winter.
Check Your HVAC Air Filters
Before you even turn up the heat, be sure that your air filters are not clogged. This can cause your furnace to work overtime and result in unnecessarily higher heating bills. It can also result in heating equipment malfunctions that need costly repairs.
A clogged air filter will also shorten your system’s lifespan so be sure to check your furnace’s air filter once a month through the Pennsylvania winter.
Program Your Thermostat
Even though it can save you money on your heating bill, many people forego programming their thermostats. These are easy to install and could save you 10 percent or more on your energy costs this winter! It’s a no-brainer.
Keep your heating system defaulted to 68 degrees while you are home. Then drop the temperature by six or eight degrees when you’re out. You won’t be wasting unnecessary energy on heating an empty home.
Consider New Window Treatments
During the bitter winter months, your windows can really make or break the warmth inside your home. That’s because you could lose heat from them. Insulated curtains can help you retain the heat of the day in your home throughout the night.
When it’s daytime, open your curtains to allow sunlight into your home. This uses the energy of the sun to help heat your house. At night, close your insulated curtains to keep your home more energy-efficient.
Seal in the Warmth
If your home has drafts and air leaks you are probably losing a lot of your heat. This is wasting energy and increasing your heating bills unnecessarily. Your heating system is working overtime to keep up with the amount of heat being lost through the cracks.
You can easily and inexpensively resolve air leaks using things like caulk, weather sealing around doors and windows as well as door sweeps to block out the cold air.
Regular Maintenance Is Key
On top of the minor adjustments listed above, it’s important to have regular check-ups for your heating equipment. This preventative maintenance can ensure that your system is in tip-top shape all winter long.
Schedule an annual heating system tune-up to save money on your heating bill and keep your equipment working more efficiently for a longer time. It also doesn’t hurt to look into ways you can upgrade your system to a more high-efficiency option. The upfront costs can save you money on your monthly bills in a few seasons.
If your furniture is pushed against walls that have radiators or heating units, you’re probably blocking the flow of heat into the room.
This is going to prevent your room from heating and waste a lot of money. If you’re blocking a forced-air system it could seriously disrupt the heat flow in the whole system and cause bigger problems.
Be sure to move any furniture that is pushed against a heating unit of any kind.
Stay Warm This Pennsylvania Winter
We hope you stay bundled up and warm this Pennsylvania winter. Following these tips should help you effectively heat your home and keep your heating bill as low as possible.
If you’re looking for a quality check-up on your heating equipment before the temperatures drop, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today for optimum service or repair for your heating system. Don’t let the cold creep up on you!