Scheduling an inspection and maintenance appointment for your heater right before winter is important to ensure that it offers reliable performance all season. But even with preventative maintenance in place, the wear and tear your heater is faced with during the winter months can end up costing you money in repairs before all is said and done. And every hour your heater is in use, your energy bills are increasing.
The good news is that you can keep your heater in great shape, minimize wear and tear, and save money on energy costs throughout the year by reducing the need for heater use overall. Here are a few ways you can do just that:
Seal the Home's Window and Doors
By taking the time to seal your windows and doors, you'll enjoy a variety of benefits throughout the years, including the fact that your heater won't have to work too hard in order to keep your home warm during the winter. This should result in lower winter energy bills and optimized humidity control indoors. You can also expect to reduce outdoor noise pollution and keep pollen as well as other allergens from infiltrating your household. To button your home up for extra heater support during the winter, apply some caulking or spray foam insulation around the frames of your windows and doors. Once the sealant dries, it is a good idea to sand any excess material off the frames for a finished look.
Make Use of Ceiling Fans
A great way to enhance the effectiveness of your heater is to make use of ceiling fans – when programmed to run clockwise when it is cold outside, your ceiling fans will keep the warm air your heater emits circulating throughout your home so it doesn't rise to the ceiling. You may find that your ceiling fans keep things warm enough during sunny winter days that the heater isn't needed much.
Considering that ceiling fans require just 60 watts of power an hour while in use compared to an average of 3,500 watts an HVAC system uses, you'll likely save a nice chunk of money on heating costs when you make a point to utilize ceiling fans.
Incorporate Throw Rugs
You can easily add some additional insulation to your home and further support your heating system by incorporating throw rugs into each room. Your rugs will reduce contact between bare skin and cold flooring, as well as trap cold air underneath them so it doesn't compete with the warm air circulating throughout the space. Your rugs should cover at least half of the room they're placed in to ensure their effectiveness. Look for rugs with high stitch counts offering a thick density, as they are able to trap more cold air than thinner options. There are a variety of effective material options to choose from including wool, cotton, nylon, and acrylic.
Invest in a New Tree or Two
Deciduous trees are extremely effective home insulators and HVAC supporters, as they are full of leaves during summer months and offer natural heat protection from the sun. During the winter, deciduous trees happen to lose their leaves so the sun can naturally heat your home up, which means that your heater won't have to work so hard. Plant a tree or two near windows of your home that get direct sunlight during the day, and you'll not only save money on energy, but you are sure to increase your property's overall value by about 10 percent. Some beautiful deciduous tree options to consider include crab apple, sycamore, and discovery elm.
With the help of these methods and techniques, you should notice impressive results when it comes to heater performance, energy savings, and overall comfort when spending time at home. For more tips on keeping your heater as efficient as possible, work with a local HVAC company like Kohl Heating & Air Conditioning.