Modern heating systems are highly efficient, yes. Most homeowners fail to take advantage of their full benefits because of certain heating mistakes.
Here are common heating mistakes you should avoid this winter:
Cranking Up the Thermostat
Your heating system needs time to produce the heat you desire for your home. This means that turning it up too high won’t heat your home faster. Instead, it will only cause tremendous stress to your system.
When you crank up the thermostat, your furnace will run longer and will consume a lot of energy—which translates into higher utility bills during the winter.
Not Using a Humidifier
Humidity isn’t always about summer days. Using a humidifier is also beneficial during the winter. Here’s how: humidifiers remove dry air and prevent the spread of airborne particles that can cause allergy symptoms and other health problems.
Turning on the Furnace While Using the Fireplace
Using your furnace and the fireplace at the same time might seem a good idea for some, but it’s not. Doing so will cause the heated air from your furnace to escape through the chimney while letting cold air inside your home.
Closing the Vents in Unused Spaces of Your Home
You might be thinking that closing the vents for unused rooms will heat your home faster. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Closing the vents for unused areas of your home disrupts airflow, impeding the performance of your heating system.
Not Paying Attention to Drafts
As a homeowner, you should regularly check your home for drafts. Check the windows, doors, walls, ceiling for any opening. Caulk and seal them tightly to make sure heated air isn’t escaping from your home and cold air can’t find its way inside.
By knowing these common winter HVAC mistakes, you should now have an idea of how to make the best out of your heating system this winter. If you want to know more about winter HVAC maintenance or need a service, contact us at A-1 Heat & Air Conditioning today.