With family and friends coming over for the holidays, you will want to make sure your HVAC is working as it should. This is why things like heating maintenance and other energy improvements are important. Before you have the family over, you may want to do things like change the air filter so that your system is working as it should be. Here are some maintenance tips to help ensure your heating is working well during the holidays:
1. Address Issues That Cause Thermostat Problems
The thermostat of your heating system can have a big effect on energy efficiency. This is why you want to make sure that your thermostat is protected. Choosing a good place for the thermostat, such as a central area of your home, can improve accuracy and performance of your HVAC. You may also want to put it in a location that will be less likely to be tampered with or settings accidentally changed. You can even get a tamper-proof cover for the thermostat if you want to prevent the settings from being changed.
2. Improve Heat Loss And Air Leaks In Your Home
Heat loss is a problem that you can easily address in your home to help save energy during the holiday season. This can come from something as simple as damaged weather stripping around a door. It can also be due to things like poor windows without treatments. To solve these problems, you can simply repair weather stripping and add window treatments such as curtains to windows. You can also seal any penetrations in walls and check chimneys to ensure that the dampers are in the right position to prevent heat from escaping. Dampers are used to control airflow and need to be set to reflect heat back into your home but still allow exhaust gases to escape.
3. Lower Temperature Settings When You Are Not At Home
Another thing that can affect the efficiency of your heating is the temperature setting, which you may want to adjust for maximum energy savings. During the holidays there may also be times when you are out. This is a good idea to turn the thermostat down to the lowest setting, which can reduce energy consumption while you are not home. If you can afford to invest in a programmable thermostat, this can be a good investment to consider.
These are some tips to help you improve the energy efficiency of your heating these holidays. If you need help with repairs to your system, contact a heating repair service to do the maintenance to your system.