Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!
Even with the most efficient heater, you still want to try to conserve heat and energy. Your bills will be lower, and you'll help conserve your city's supply of electricity or natural gas. Luckily, there are some very easy ways to cut down on the amount of heat you need without sacrificing comfort.
Dress for the Occasion
You'd think that people would already do this, but many still dress like it's spring or fall instead of winter. You don't have to dress as if you had no heater at all, but try to wear long sleeves instead of short sleeves, and, as your parents likely told you, put on a sweater. Unfortunately, people have become so accustomed to being in the same temperature year-round that they don't account for seasonal changes in their wardrobe past outerwear like jackets.
Another tactic is to turn the heater down a few degrees and place hand warmer packets in your pockets and shoes. These packets, often filled with a type of ash or other material, and then activated by air or body heat, hold warmth for several hours. On a cold day, you can put a couple of small packets in your shoes to warm your feet instead of turning the heater up, and you can carry one in your pocket to grab onto when your hands feel cold.
Take Time to Bake
People complain about not wanting to turn on the oven during summer because of the heat the appliance can generate, and then they forget about the oven during winter when that heat could really help out. Start baking things. You never want to turn on the oven without placing something in there, but if you can make batches of cookies or even try your hand at homemade jerky or dried fruit, you could have the oven on for hours. Don't leave the oven on when no one's home or when everyone's asleep, but do start using it more when you've got a few hours to fill.
Inspect the Heater
Finally, do inspect the heater. You want to be sure it's running as efficiently as possible. If you find that it's not, get it fixed immediately. Your utility bills and budget will thank you.
Heater repair and parts services like Dick Kearsley Service Center can take a look at your furnace, filters, and other heater parts. If you didn't have the heater services before winter began, have someone come out to take a look at it now.