There are some out there whose favorite season is wintertime. (You can usually find such folks living up north, unsurprisingly.)
There’s something about winter weather – the cold, the snow and gray skies – that reminds some people of nature and what it must have been like before modern conveniences such as heating and insulation.
And for the rest of us, it’s the modern conveniences that get us through the months of November through February and on to warmer, better days (like, Mardi Gras, for example!)
One of the most important modern inventions that keeps us warm is the heating system.
In a way, it becomes the most important part of your home when things start to get cold. It makes harsh, dark mornings bearable and provides needed warmth to family gatherings.
It’s one of the most important parts of the home, but that also makes it one of the most expensive.
Not only are heating bills a tough pill to swallow – even in a state with usually moderate winters such as ours – repairing your heating system can be one of the most expensive HVAC repairs you’ll face with your home.
To avoid your heater costing you expensive repair costs on top of those winter heating bills – and to keep those lower too – follow some of these tips.
Keep the Thermostat Down
The lower you can keep the thermostat set, the longer your heating system will last. Keeping the thermostat set just one or more degrees less can make a large dent into your winter heating bills too.
One of the classic techniques we recommend are lowering the thermostat at night and wearing warmer clothes or adding a blanket to compensate. Since you’ll be sleeping you won’t mind it being chilly, and studies have shown a cooler sleeping space lengthens your life!
Regular and Quality Maintenance
Making sure your heating system is regularly maintained is key to its long-term health and usability. This includes changing air filters at intervals recommended by your heating system’s manufacturer.
You should also have the heating system checked regularly by professionals (such as, ahem, us.)
Just like going to the dentist, you need to a pro to look at the inner workings annually to see if anything is wrong.
This is also important because you’ll need to replace some parts of your heating system throughout its life to make sure it stays working longer, and a professional inspector will guide you in the right direction.
Keep the Heat Inside
Of course, one of the best ways to keep the thermostat lower is to make the most efficient use of the heat as possible. Consider sealing your windows to prevent heat from seeping into the outside world.
You’re paying all that money to keep the inside of the home warm, not the neighborhood!
- close off rooms you don’t frequently use
- close window shades during darker days
- make sure vents aren’t covered by rugs or furniture
- program the thermostat to be lower during times when no one is home, such as work or school and during vacations
Choose Us as Your Heating Experts
We are your South Louisiana HVAC experts and are here to help make sure your heater works as perfectly as possible – and for a very long time. When you’re ready to find out more about our expertise and helpful services, check out our contact page or call us at (985) 892-7071.
We look forward to working with you to keep your heating system as new as possible year-round!