As the holiday season quickly approaches, it’s simple to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of things and lose track of your heating consumption. As temperatures continue to drop, it is very important to heat your house safely without wasting money. Most of the people are unaware of just how easy it is to waste money on energy consumption.
Here are five simple mistakes homeowners make every year on winter heating.
1. Not Replacing Door Seals
The weather-stripping at the bottom of your door is there to block air from leaking out of your home. If you observe sunlight shining through the crack, or if the weather-stripping is coming loose and getting stuff every time you open or close the door, it might be time to replace it. If left alone, the tiny crack under your door can and will allow air to escape, wasting your money and heating this winter.
2. Leaving the Heat On
If no one is there to use it, then it is just running for no purpose. Some may think that it is better to leave the heat on high however no one is home in order to keep it warm. This is wastage of energy and money. When you go to bed, or leave the house, set your thermostat to a lower temperature, just a small change will make a large difference. There are even some new thermostats that have eco-friendly technology and they know how to balance the temperature for you while you are not home.
3. Overlooking the Chimney
Most chimneys, especially those in older homes, are not properly sealed airtight and allow your indoor air to leak. A fireplace is a pleasing accessory to your home, especially during the winter months. But one mistake homeowners make is allowing the warm air in your home to free right out the chimney. Take some time to have chimney inspected and cleaned, and if needed you can buy a device, such as a chimney balloon to create a seal and protect air from seeping out.
4. Turn Off the Ceiling Fan
Despite what homeowners may think, the ceiling fan should be used for both summer and winter seasons. Ceiling fans do more than cool your home down; they also help to circulate warm air throughout your home. When the season changes, you can flip a switch located on all ceiling fans to turn blades from counter-clockwise rotation to clockwise rotation. This will push warm air down from the ceiling fan and keep your house warm, so that you won’t have to turn the heat up too high.
5. Not Changing the Furnace Filter
The furnace filter prevents particles and scrap from blocking or damaging your furnace. It’s an easy item to forget about, but your furnace filter is most important to keep clean and change regularly. Filters also help to keep your air quality clean by removing pet dander, dirt, and mold spores from the air. It might be of your best interest to invest in a higher quality filter if you run your heating system quite frequently during the winter season.
At Aim Engineers, our team of highly trained professionals will make sure you won’t make mistakes on heating this winter.