Heating a home during a long Colorado winter can be costly. Having a reliable and efficient heating system is essential. However, just having a newer heating system isn't enough; regular maintenance is crucial for ensuring it runs efficiently, keeping your home cozy and your energy bills manageable.
Whether you have a older home with a boiler, or a new home with an energy efficient gas furnace, the experts at Grand Lake Plumbing & Heating have put together a few tips that will help keep your heating system running as efficiently and reliably as possible.
1. Scheduled Maintenance
Schedule a professional inspection of your heating system at least once a year, preferably well before winter sets in. A NATE certified technician will be able to detect and address any potential issues early on before they lead to problems down the road. You'll reast easier knowing your furnace is operating efficienctly and safely.
2. Change the Filters
One of the most straightforward yet effective maintenance tasks. Replacing or cleaning the furnace air filter regularly improves air quality and ensures optimal system efficiency.
3. Check the Thermostat
Ensure your thermostat is functioning correctly. An outdated or malfunctioning thermostat can lead to uneven heating and increased energy bills. Have a programmable thermostat? Make sure the settings match your household routine. Better yet, invest in a smart thermostat that learns your routine and preferences automatically, automating efficiency and comfort control.
4. Seal Leaks
Drafts and leaks can significantly affect the efficiency of your heating system. Ensure windows, doors, and ducts are sealed properly to keep the warm air in and the cold air out.
Did you know that air ducts can be sealed from the inside? This special spray-on treatment can greatly reduce heat loss throughout your home.
5. Duct Cleaning
Dust and debris can accumulate around vents, causing blockages and reducing the efficiency of your system. Regularly clean vents, ducts, and other components.
Schedule professional duct cleaning very few years or so to keep the air healthy and improve system efficiency.
6. Ensure Proper Ventilation
Blocked or covered vents and returns can strain your heating system. Make sure all vents are clear of furniture, carpets, or curtains.
7. Upgrade When Necessary
If your heating system is getting long in the tooth and frequently requires repairs, or your home has rooms that are too cold, consider upgrading to a newer, more efficient model. Today's systems often come with energy-saving features that can reduce your heating bills.
8. Improve Airflow With Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans not only circulate warm down air into your living space, they can also add style and light to complement any style.
By following these tips you make a significant difference in the performance and lifespan of your heating system. Regular maintenance not only ensures consistent warmth throughout the colder months but also contributes to energy efficiency and safety. So, as winter approaches, give your heating system the attention it deserves!
Looking to replace your old furnace or heat pump? The HVAC pros at Grand Lake Plumbing & Heating can assess your current system and provide a comprehensive heating system analysis to help you find the system that's a perfect fit for your home.