As temperatures continue to drop, you start to rely on your heating system more and more to keep your living space warm and comfortable. In this article, Home Air Services, one of the premier duct cleaning companies in the area, shares five common heating mistakes you need to avoid in order to make the most of your energy spending this winter season.
Heating an empty house. If you’re out of the house for work or vacation, there’s no need to heat your home the way you normally would. Set your smart thermostat to turn down the heat while you’re away and slowly warm up your living space about 30 minutes before you return.
Failing to lock the windows. Of course, you keep your windows closed during the winter. But don’t forget to lock them, too. If your windows aren’t firmly sealed, cold air from outside can leak into your house and warm air from your heating system can escape. Be sure to lock all your windows to avoid wasting energy.
Closing the vents. Many homeowners think that closing the vents in unused rooms saves energy. However, this isn’t true at all. Your ductwork is sized to supply heating evenly throughout the house, and the act of closing the vents disrupts this balance. Home heating companies say that this often results in an inefficient system and higher energy bills.
Leaving the exhaust fans switched on. While exhaust fans do a great job of removing moisture out of a room, leaving them on for too long will just suck much-needed warm air out of your house.
Neglecting maintenance. Replace your furnace filter every 90 days, or even more frequently if you have pets running around the house. Also, schedule an annual inspection and maintenance service to ensure that your system is running at peak efficiency.
Whether you need furnace repair or air conditioner maintenance, our technicians at Home Air Services are committed to providing the exceptional results you expect. Call us today at (301) 585-8100 or fill out our convenient contact form to set up an appointment.