The weather continues to get colder and our heating systems will be under pressure to perform. The heating system in our home is key in keeping our family warm and cozy this winter, but your need to stay warm might be overworking your heater. If you continue to overwork it without giving it a break, it can cause damage with a hefty price tag or a complete breakdown. Worse, it might just be the coldest day of the year! Knowledge is power. Learn the ways your heating system can be overworked to avoid any problems. Learning how to be kinder to your heater will save you some money on your energy bills too.
Ways You May Be Overworking your Heating System?
1. Furnace Blower Motor Runs Constantly. Continuing to run the heat all day and night even when no one is home is a bad idea, even though you want your house to be warm and toasty whenever you do get home. When your heat is running in an empty home it causes unnecessary wear and tear on the system and wastes money. To avoid problems and save some money, lower the thermostat when you’re asleep or you’re not going to be home to give your heating system a break. To make it even easier you can install a programmable thermostat. The cost upfront will be more, but you’ll enjoy the savings in the long run. These thermostats are great at monitoring your home and reacting to outdoor temperature changes.
2. Cold Air Coming Through Windows & Air Leaks. One of the most serious ways to overwork your heating system is to have cold air in your home. Homes that aren’t properly sealed allow cold air to come in. When a house is leaky, your heating system needs to work harder to keep your home warm. This will increase wear on the system and waste money with all the heat that is lost. To ensure your heating system doesn’t have to work harder make sure all air leaks are sealed to keep the cold air out.
3. Closing Air Vents. Your heating system needs to be able to circulate warm air freely to work properly. This happens through the air vents your home. These vents are strategically placed for maximum circulation. Blocked air vents are a big reason that heating systems work harder than they have to. Vents can get blocked by furniture and other items in the home, making it hard for warm air to flow throughout the home. Walk through your home to make sure they are all free of any obstructions to give your heating system a break.
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These are some of the ways you might be overworking your heating system. All it takes is a few changes to reduce long term wear and tear on your system. It will work for years to come and you can save some money in the process. Do you need help with your heating system? For maintenance, repairs or replacement, give Agape Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing a call.