Heating Tips for Your Home
Your state of the art heating system should be able to keep your home toasty warm all winter long. But you don’t want to have to pay a ton in heating costs either. In order to still enjoy that cozy environment without racking up the heating charges, here are a few heating tips you can do to help boost the efficiency of your heating system.
Humidity Affects Home Heating
Everyone knows that in the summer humidity can alter the comfort in your home and have many side effects, but did you know humidity also in an important factor to keeping your home comfortable all winter long? It is possible to have too little humidity in your home, which can cause problems for your home and yourself. By not having enough humidity in the air, it will cause it to be overly dry.
Overly dry air, or air with not enough humidity will affect your home and your health in a few different ways. Dry air can possibly cause dry skin, irritated throat and sinuses, and also itchy eyes. Air with low humidity is known to dry out sinus membranes, causing you to feel congested. For further reading on how low humidity affects your health, visit Dr. Mercola’s site for the full article.
Another problem that can arise from having not enough humidity in your air is cracks in your furniture or home structure. This is caused by the dry air sapping the moisture out of your wooden fixtures, causing cracks and seams to separate. Dry air also holds less heat than moist air, so if could cause higher energy bills.
Now after learning about how important it is to have the proper humidity level in your home during the winter, give O’Brien a call if it is an issue you are living with. We will gladly guide you on how to balance your humidity level during the winter and summer, this way you won’t have the side effects of high humidity or low humidity.
Seal Up Your Home for Energy Efficiency
Your heating system works hard to keep your home warm during the winter days, if your home isn’t properly sealed it’ll have to work even harder. It is very important to ensure that your home is properly sealed for the winter in order to save money on your energy bills, as well as prevent your system from overworking. If there are spaces for air to escape from your home, you will benefit from covering them or sealing them. Look for spaces by your doors, windows, attacks, or anywhere else air can be escaping from your home. If the warm air is leaking out of your home, then your system will work even harder to maintain your desired temperature. This will cause your energy bill to rise, and will cause more wear on your system. Do your system and your wallet a favor, and properly seal your home for the winter.
Annual Heating System Maintenance
Having your heating system annually inspected is one of the most beneficial services that you can do for your system. No matter the age or make, every heating system will benefit from an annual maintenance inspection. This will ensure your system runs at its peak efficiency, and can help prevent costly repairs. If you sign up for O’Brien’s Energy Savings Club, we will send you reminders for when it’s time for your system to have its annual inspection. One of our professional service technicians will clean and inspect that your system is running at its most efficient. If anything looks troublesome, you’ll be notified before any repairs are done. It’s best to have repairs taken care of right away to help prevent other costly issues. Having your system checked once a year can help lower your energy bills, and extend the lifespan of your system.
If your home currently doesn’t have a programmable thermostat, it should be something to consider. Programmable thermostats are an easy way to save money on your energy bill, as well as, prevent your system from overworking when it doesn’t have to. What a programmable thermostat can do is set a schedule for heating and cooling system. If you know that you are not going to be home all day, why leave your heating system running as if you were. A programmable thermostat will let you set the temperature lower to save energy while you’re away, and by the time your home, it can be scheduled to be back to your desired temperature. The temperature can also be adjusted while you sleep, and can be scheduled back to the temperature of your liking for when you wake. By reducing the amount of work your heating system needs to do, just by simply changing the temperature while you’re not at home, you’ll save money on your energy bills and prevent unnecessary wear on your system. In the long run it is a great invest, call O’Brien today to get more information.
Quick Heating Tips
Here are two quick ways to help make sure your home is heating at its top efficiency. The first is to make sure that your filters are maintained regularly. Whether you change them, or have ones that you clean, make sure that they are properly taken care of. Different systems and homes have schedules that vary for filter changing, but you can usually see the build-up on a filter. By having a dirty filter, your system will have to work harder to maintain the temperature, causing higher energy bills and ware on your system. If you are unsure when or how to change your filters, give us a call and we can assist you. A second simple way to heat your home efficiently, is to use the sun’s natural heat. By opening your blinds and curtains, and letting natural sunlight in, the sun’s free natural heat will help keep your home warm. Just be sure at night to cover your windows back up to keep the cold night air out.
“This was my first time using O’brien and I was very impressed with their response time and knowledge of our system. The technician, Trace, was very thorough, and although this visit was a system planned maintenance request, he fixed a problem with the condensation drain that I would never known about. I highly recommend the O’brien Service Company.” -Verl A. (Wilmington, NC 28411)