With nights still on the cooler side, chances are you’re still using your heater on a fairly routine basis, even if it is officially spring. That’s pretty much the norm here in our area, which rarely reaches the sweltering spring and summer temperatures that other states on the West Coast do.
But given how much we use our heaters, it makes sense that you want to operate yours as efficiently as possible, so that you don’t spend more money than you need to in order to keep your home comfortable. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways you can improve or maintain efficiency, which we’ve covered below.
Schedule Maintenance if You Skipped It This Year
We typically recommend that this service is scheduled in the fall, before you put your heater through its heaviest period of use. The reason for this is so that you can ensure it will get you through the entire season without sudden repair needs or even a breakdown.
So what if you skipped it this year—should you just wait until next fall to schedule it? Well—no—letting a heater sit with repair or service needs until you need it again can be a big mistake. In short of a complete system breakdown, it’s never too late to schedule heating system maintenance in Tacoma, WA.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
An outdated thermostat could be off by a few degrees, especially if you’re using one of the manual slider thermostats seen in many older homes. And even a few degrees means a lot when it comes to heating efficiency. Even just investing in the most basic programmable thermostat allows you better control over the temperature in your home, whether you’re in the home or not.
Think About Your Insulation
You might be surprised by how much poor insulation can affect the ability of your heater to efficiently warm your living space. Heat is lost through your attic and walls, but you can easily prevent much of this loss by adding new or better insulation.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
This may seem like a funny heating tip, but bear with us! You know how when you use your ceiling fan in combination with your air conditioner, it helps distribute the conditioned air? This helps your cooling system work more efficiently. Well, your ceiling fans have a switch on them that allows you to reverse the direction of the blades, and therefore help distribute heated air more effectively.
Don’t Neglect End-of-Season Repairs
We get it, when it’s near the end of the heating season, it’s tempting to put repair needs off. After all, nobody wants to spend that kind of money if they don’t have to. But the thing is, neglecting repairs can allow them to grow bigger, or they might even effect your air conditioner, too.
Be sure to give us a call for repairs if you notice your heater making any weird noises, not heating powerfully as it used to, struggling to stay on, or running continuously without shutting off.
Contact Sound Heating today! We take your comfort as serious as you do.