Winters in San Antonio aren’t too severe, but temperatures can drop to frigid lows overnight. It’s hard to get out of bed when you’re waking up to a freezing house. For most of us, our home heating system is our saving grace from late December to February. The last thing you need on an icy night is a broken heater. To stay warm all winter, follow these three simple guidelines.
Find And Seal Leaks
A tiny draft can turn into a big problem when you’re trying to stay warm. Chilly air from outside usually gets in through gaps in your windows and doors. Weatherstripping around your doors and windows will keep warm air from escaping. It’s an easy “do it yourself” job; kits are inexpensive and available at any home improvement store. For a heavier duty solution, add insulation to your walls and attic. Up to 20% of heat is lost through the seemingly insignificant holes and cracks throughout your home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Fine Tune The Thermostat
The DOE estimates that you can save 10% on your heating costs every year by lowering your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day. A great time to do this is when you’re at work or asleep. If you do both, you’ll be looking at major savings! In the meantime, try to keep your thermostat at the lowest temperature comfortable for you while you’re at home. A programmable thermostat can make these adjustments incredibly easy for homeowners.
Do Some Upkeep On Your Heating System
Even if you follow all of the above steps, you still might find your energy bills rising if you’re stuck with a faulty HVAC system. Scheduling maintenance on your heating system can give you the peace of mind that all the heat you’re paying for is being properly distributed throughout your home. Another telltale sign of a broken heater is uneven temperatures between the rooms in your home. There is some upkeep that’s easy for you to do yourself, like cleaning/replacing your filters and keeping vents clean and unobstructed.
If you need a professional to check out your heating system and make sure it’s working properly, ABC Home & Commercial Services is just a phone call away! Our HVAC specialists will diagnose and resolve your heating issue so your home is comfortable again!