Winter is here, which means it’s time to turn your thermostat up
to keep your home cozy. For many homeowners, than can mean an increase
in utility costs. The good news is that there are steps you can take to
heating costs throughout the cold season. Here are a few tips to help you keep
your furnace running smoothly and efficiently this winter.
Seal Leaks in Your Home
Gaps in the exterior-facing walls of your home let heated air escape and
cold, outside air in. This means that your furnace will have to work harder
to keep your home at the right temperature, so in addition to drafty rooms,
you’ll have to deal with high utility bills. Check for leaks around
your chimney, pipes that exit your home, windows, and doors. These are
all areas where gaps are common. Sealing these leaks will help you avoid
spending more than you should to heat your home this winter.
Use Windows Wisely
The windows in your home can both provide additional heat and allow for
heat loss, so it’s up to you to use them wisely. South-facing windows
will receive the greatest amount of sunlight, so keep the curtains open
on these windows to let sunlight in during the day—just don’t
forget to close the curtains at night. Keep other curtains closed, especially
in rooms you don’t use often, and cover any drafty windows with
plastic film to keep cold air out.
Schedule a Heating Tune-Up
Heating systems tend to lose efficiency and experience performance issues
with time, especially if they aren’t maintained on a regular basis.
Scheduling a furnace tune-up is a great way to ensure that there are no
issues with your heating unit. If a problem is found, it can be addressed
before it becomes worse or even leads to furnace failure.
Do you need to
schedule a heating tune-up or furnace repair? Call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating today at
(510) 843-6904 to get started. We provide a range of HVAC and plumbing
services in Berkeley, and can help you keep your home comfortable throughout the year.