February 26, 2016
Unlike the frigid temperatures of the Midwest, winter in Summerville can be beautiful – and deceptive. Because we rarely hit the freezing mark or negative digits, it can be easy to make costly home heating mistakes. We’ve put together a list of common mistakes you can avoid to keep your home running like a well-oiled machine for the remainder of the winter.
- Don’t Forget To Keep Track of Your Filter: Forgetting to change your furnace filter can lead to higher energy bills or even costly repair issues. Start each season with a brand spanking new filter and remember to switch it for a new one every month. A poorly maintained filter inhibits airflow and can cause your furnace to overheat putting added stress on its heating elements. In addition to increasing heating costs by making your furnace work harder than it needs to, forgotten filters can shorten the life of your furnace and create a potential fire hazard. Make filter rotation a high priority item on your to-do list.
- Don’t Dodge Drafts: Drafts from doors left ajar or poorly sealed windows can drive up heating costs quickly! Take the time to winterize windows and install or inspect draft dodgers on door bottoms. Make sure doors leading outside are closed tightly when not in use. Monitoring and abolishing these warm air thieves in your home can reduce your winter heating bills significantly. Check out potential drafts in attics, basements, and chimneys. Even electrical outlets and light fixtures can be cold weather culprits. Sealing off potential drafts properly prevents cold air from seeping into your home.
- Don’t Banish The Great Outdoors To The Great Outdoors: Opening curtains in the winter allows the sun to heat your rooms. Solar warmth created by the sun can decrease your heating costs and increase the warmth of your home. When direct sunlight streams through south-facing windows during the day, let that sunshine in. The glass in your windows lets sunlight pass inside but doesn’t let it escape back out. The free solar heat bounces off your walls and furniture and helps heat your home. Be sure to close the curtains when the sun goes down, though, to help maintain interior heat.
A little mindfulness and attention to detail can make a big difference in the cost and efficiency of heating your home. When you need a friendly, reliable heating contractor, Custom Climate HVAC is the best of the best. Call us today at (843) 494-5171 to schedule your service.