As this year comes to a close, it’s time to think about next year. You likely have many new goals that you want to reach. However, don’t forget about getting better at your household tasks. When it comes to your heater, there are some resolutions that you’ll want to make.
Put in That Smart Thermostat
Unless you’ve been hiding underneath a rock, it’s likely that you’ve heard about new smart thermostats. These provide various benefits over those of a basic programmable thermostat. You can assess your smart thermostat from anywhere your cellphone has internet connectivity. This means you can turn the heater up if you’re going to be coming home early. Additionally, these thermostats work to learn your schedule and make energy-saving recommendations so that you can keep your heating costs to a minimum.
Get Those Oddities Looked At
Over time, it’s not uncommon for your heater to develop an odd smell or unusual noise. If the smell or noise persists, it’s best to get it checked out sooner rather than later. If you let these problems continue to go, they can end up creating even costlier problems as they damage other components of your heating system.
Change Those Air Filters
A clean air filter is a necessary component of an optimally working heating system. As soon as your filter starts to become clogged, it will force your heating system to work much harder to force air through it. Do your wallet a favor and check the state of your air filter every month. If you can’t see through the filter, it’s time to replace it with a new one. It’s best practice to always have a new one ready to go so that you don’t have to wait for days to replace a dirty one.
Be More Mindful of Your Air Vents
If you have a forced-air heating system, then you have vents running throughout all the rooms inside of your home. In order for your heater to work efficiently, all of those vents need to be open. Unfortunately, in day-to-day life, it’s easy to set something down in front of your vent without realizing it. Before you know it, you may have multiple vents blocked. Make it a new year’s resolution to check over your vents every so often to ensure that they’re clear of obstructions.
Upgrade Your Insulation
If you didn’t build your home, it’s highly likely that you may not have an adequate amount of insulation. Each region of the country has a recommended R-value for how much insulation a typical home needs. Take a moment to check your insulation R-value to determine if you need to add additional insulation to your home. Remember that the more insulation you have, the harder it’s going to be for the cold outside air to seep into your home during the colder winter months.
Block Known Drafts
We all have those areas of our home where it feels colder than others. The reason behind this temperature difference can be an air draft. The most common places are near doors and windows. If you can feel cold air drafting into your home, it’s best to stop it. You can utilize door sweeps and weatherstripping to create a solid barrier to keep the cold air out.
Sign up for Yearly Service Appointments
Any HVAC expert will tell you that your heating system needs to be serviced at least once a year. This helps to ensure that your furnace is working optimally, it alerts you of any foreseeable operating problems and keeps your system’s warranty active. If you struggle with remembering to set up an annual service appointment, now is the time to sign up for a yearly maintenance plan.
Make Interior Cleaning a Habit
Most of us try to keep our homes spotless, but life can get busy sometimes, and we can fall behind. It can be easy to talk yourself out of dusting your home when you think about the energy that it requires. However, it’s crucial to realize how imperative dusting is to your heater and your energy bills. The dirtier you let your home get, the dirtier your air vents, ducting, and heating system are going to be. This can drastically reduce the overall lifespan of your heating system.
Reliable Heating Services
Texas Air Authorities provides reliable heating services to Arlington, TX and the surrounding areas. We can also assist with your cooling, indoor air quality, ducting, air filtration, air ventilation, zone control, and commercial needs. Pick up your phone and call us today!
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