How To Keep Your Home More Efficiently Warmer This Winter And Get The Most Out Of Your Home Heating System

When the elderly live alone, their children worry about their HVAC systems, especially in extreme weather. Find ways a contractor can help your loved one here.

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Keeping Grandma Warm This Winter

Growing up, I practically lived at my maternal grandparents’ home. I ate most of my meals at this cozy, brick house in the country. My grandmother spoiled me when I was young. Every weekend, she took me shopping with her. And, I usually came home with something new. My grandfather played catch and checkers with me often. He was always a wonderful listener as well. Sadly, my grandpa passed away right before my thirteenth birthday. My grandma still lives in the house she shared with my granddad. During the winter, she used to build fires in her fireplace. However she relies exclusively on her central heating and air conditioning unit now. On this blog, I hope you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can help keep your elderly loved ones warm this winter.

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How To Keep Your Home More Efficiently Warmer This Winter And Get The Most Out Of Your Home Heating System

16 January 2018
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As a homeowner, it is important to take care of your home and its systems. Deferring any maintenance to your home's systems can lead to damage and more serious problems, eventually costing you more for the repairs. Here are some tips to help you keep your home's furnace working well and your home to stay warmer during the winter.

Maintain Your HVAC System

When the change in season occurs from summer to fall, it is a good idea to have your home's heating system inspected and tuned-up. Experts recommend to complete this every year so you can find any problems or issues in your system and have them repaired before the furnace breaks down. Just as you would have your home's air conditioner serviced every year, so should you do with your heating.

Call a local HVAC technician to complete a tune-up on your furnace and heating system. Be sure you ask to find out what services the tune-up or inspection includes, because there are a wide variety of check-ups and servicing offered by professional HVAC technicians.

Make sure your HVAC professional checks all the important areas of your furnace to make sure it is operating running efficiently. For example, they should clean the ignition burners in your furnace and check the drainage system and clean it if necessary. Then, they can also check and clean the blower fan and check the system's exterior ventilation outlet. Ask a representative from company what their tune-up includes to ensure you are receiving the tune-up your system needs.

Ensure HVAC Efficiency

There are some steps you can take as a homeowner to make sure your heating system can run at its optimal level. First, remove any boxes and other storage items that may be cluttered against the outside of your furnace unit housing. Laying excessive objects next to your furnace can cause the unit to heat up and not get the proper ventilation to its interior. And you want to be able to check and replace the filter every month or so as it is needed, and items around your furnace can make this difficult.

Also move any items away from your HVAC system's cold air intake vents, which are usually situated in a wall or floor in another area of your home. This ventilation draws air from an area of your home for the furnace to filter, heat, and deliver back throughout your home again. This circulation can become disrupted when the intake vents are blocked and cause your furnace's motor to work extra hard and potentially cause it to burn out.

When your furnace is running, check the outflow of warm air from each of your home's vents. Due to the set-up, length, and any corners in your heating duct work, some vents may not have a strong flow of heat as other vents. Inequality in your home's vent heating can cause some rooms to be warmer than others. You can help balance the heating air flow in your home more even by closing or partially closing the vents where air flows stronger than others. This forces more heat to come out of the vents previously not blowing much heat and equalizes out the heat in your home.

Maximize Your Home's Heat

An easy way to help keep your home warmer is by utilizing the sun's rays that shine into your home. You can benefit from the sun's solar heat gain by opening curtains in windows that receive directly sunlight during the day. As the sun's rays settle on surfaces inside your home, they warm and the heat is dissipated throughout the room.

At night, close the curtains against the colder night air to prevent your home's heat from transferring through the window glass. The curtains act as a layer of insulation to prevent the transfer of heat. For more information, contact companies like Elite Heating AC & Refrigeration, Inc.