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Tips To Help Prepare For The Home Heating Season

Posted On: October 10, 2016

person with mittens holding a mini houseAs the winter season gets near we start wondering if our heating system is ready for the cold weather. An annual heater tune-up Bellvale NY is a key factor in ensuring the energy efficiency of the unit. It prevents breakdown at the most inconvenient moments. To achieve the desired outcome from your home comfort system, proactive measures are necessary. These tips should help as you prepare your home for the heating season ahead:

Seal Air Leaks

Losing heated air through cracks during the winter reduces the efficiency of the system. To prevent this from happening, seal any all air leaks. Door and window frames are notorious for letting heated air leak through. This is because over time, cracks in the seals can appear. Air can also leak out through spaces around vents for the dryer, and window AC units. If you need an extra layer of protection, place plastic film over the windows. This can be removed as soon as warm weather arrives.

Reverse Direction Of Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are used to circulate air throughout the room. They should be set to pull air upwards during the summer. Since cold air is denser than warm air, pulling it upwards has a cooling effect on the room. This makes it more comfortable. Conversely, by setting the fan in the opposite direction, the effect is to push the warm air downwards. This helps you and your family stay warm.

Reinforce Insulation

The purpose of insulation is to prevent the escape of treated indoor air. Insulation creates a more comfortable and energy efficient living space. The Energy Star program recommends 12 to 15 inches of insulation in a home’s attic. Adding an extra layer may be necessary in some homes to bring it up to that recommended level. Insulation is a cost effective way of handling an expensive problem and only takes a few hours to install.

Programmable Thermostat

It is not necessary to keep your home at optimal levels all the time. When no one is home during the day, setting the thermostat a few degrees lower can save energy and money. During the night when everyone is asleep and under the covers is another good time to reduce the settings. It also helps create a more comfortable night’s sleep. With a programmable thermostat you can set it to your preferred temperatures during various times of the day or night. This saves on the expense of maintaining a comfortable home. If you don’t already have one, consider installing a programmable thermostat as you prepare your home for the upcoming winter.

Water Heater Insulation

A lot of energy is consumed by the water heater. Wasting that energy is like throwing money down the drain. By reinforcing the insulation around your home’s water heater tank, you can prevent that. Additionally, applying insulation to hot water pipes prevents the loss of heat as heated water flows through them to the tap.

Maintain Your Heating System

Have a qualified heating technician perform a heater tune-up on your furnace or heat pump before cold weather arrives to improve its performance and efficiency. At this time they will let you know if a problem is developing and provide you with information about how they can fix it. Repairs before an actual breakdown can prevent further, and much more expensive, damage.

Schedule An Annual Heater Tune-Up

Advantages Of Pre-Season Heater Tune-Up

A tune-up for your home heating system should be done at least once every year, preferably just before winter is in full swing. This is also the time to refill your heating oil or propane tank if you use one. These fuels should be ordered from a reputable company that only delivers high quality products.

Annual Heater Tune-up Bellvale NY

By following the above steps, you can make your home more energy efficient while making it feel more comfortable. These tips will also make your heater work less which puts less wear and tear on it and increases its lifespan. It doesn’t take long to prepare your home for winter, nor is it expensive to do so. It is important that you schedule an annual tune-up for your heater. Be sure to contact a reputable HVAC company to do all your maintenance and heater repairs.

SOS XTREME Comfort® offers professional HVAC services. Our heating system tune-ups will get your heater working at peak performance. We can address any questions or concerns that you have. Also, we offer high quality heating oil and propane delivery services. Our technicians are certified and we are proud of our high standard of values.  Click here or, give us a call at 845-351-4700.

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