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How To Avoid Mid-Season Heating System Breakdowns

5 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOME HEATING SYSTEM RUNNING SMOOTHLY THIS WINTER

Is your home properly equipped to withstand the elements?  How do you know for sure?

As we find ourselves layering blankets and scarves during yet another chilly winter, it’s likely you’ve been relying on your heating system to keep warm.  While most of North America uses some type of home heating, many remain unsure of how efficient their system is (or isn’t).

Faulty or damaged heating systems can make your days inconvenient, uncomfortable, and even dangerous depending on malfunctioning.  Not to mention the added costs you may have to spend for replacement and repairs on a neglected system.

Weather conditions during winter vary greatly.  Fortunately, putting a curb to your bills and unwanted hassle is easier than ever when knowing the basics of your system.

Here are some promising tips to get you started:

 

1 – Clean The Filter

Routine home cleaning is a vital chore for a healthy living environment that’s free of dust and allergens.  It’s also just as important for HVAC systems as it is floors and other surfaces.

Proper HVAC cleaning—especially the air filters—keep your heating system running at optimal efficiency while also reducing air pollutants.  Best of all, adding this to your cleaning routine ends up saving you around 15% on energy bill costs.

As you start cranking the heat more during the colder months, you’ll notice the extent of how much you can truly save once you simply keep the air filters clean.

 

2 – Check For Leaks

When it comes to your HVAC system, allowing warm air inside the home to leak outside is a huge waste of effort and overall functionality.

Quality insulation is one of the most important aspects of keeping your place warm. It also reduces strain on your HVAC system, thus increasing energy efficiency and overall savings.  Our point?  Check for leaks.

 

 3 – Choose a Smart Thermostat

Basic thermostats require tedious settings, scheduling, and temperature adjustments that seemingly become more of an inconvenience each winter.  And to be fair—it’s by no means uncommon to leave the thermostat running at a single setting, as long as it’ll give us one less thing to attend to.

Upgrading to a smart thermostat will automatically adjust and moderate those same settings entirely on its own so you don’t have to.

Smart thermostats have several features and benefits to save you time and energy costs such as:

  • Automatically switching on and off according to the presence of people in a room.
  • Setting automated temperatures and time schedules to boost energy-efficiency and savings
  • Remote functionality so you can control your home temperature from virtually anywhere.
  • Automatically switching on and off according to the presence of people in a room.

  • Setting automated temperatures and time schedules to boost energy-efficiency and savings.

  • Remote functionality so you can control your home temperature from virtually anywhere.

 

 4 – Energy Audit

If you seek to understand exactly how efficient your current is as heating at your home (and you should!), energy audits are a surefire way to do so. With a professional home heating expert overseeing the assessment or audit, you can:

  • Expose problematic areas causing unnecessary energy loss.

  • Learn effective methods and simple enhancements worth implementing to minimize your energy use.

  • Conduct a thorough home heating and insulation inspection; checking for air leaks and properly sealing them.

  • Keep your home heating system in top-notch condition for optimal functionality.

 

5 – Heating System Maintenance

A defective heating system can burn up more fuel than necessary, cause future malfunctioning, and waste money overall, which is why scheduling regular maintenance checks conducted by industry professionals can easily detect any faults and preserve your system.

Problems such as a leaking air duct or blocked airways will prevent the heat from entering your home—the same heat you continue to pay for.  Having a professional take care of the repair is the best way to ensure the issue is completely resolved, you’re getting your money’s worth, and your home heating is consistent and effective throughout winter.

 

Home Heating Maintenance Experts

Keeping your home warm all winter long while saving money is easy when you choose Slomin’s.  For more information about home heating or Slomin’s Home Automation System, give us a call at 516-932-7000.