February 28, 2014

Heating your home during the winter may turn out costly and problematic due to several factors.

To ensure that your house is heated well, you need to pay attention to some important aspects of your HVAC system. It is important to inspect equipment and identify any flaws that can cause the heating system to work ineffectively.

Working Efficiently and Saving Money

Here are some simple tips from HVAC experts that can help ensure that your heating system is working efficiently and cost effectively:

• The first and foremost thing that you should do to ensure that your heating system is working efficiently is to hire a professional heating company to conduct a routine maintenance of the system. They will inspect the system to look for any defects such as damaged parts or loose connections. The defects should be repaired well before the start of the season so that your heating system should not ditch you when you need it the most.

• The next most important factor that will determine the effectiveness of your heating system is the insulation inside your house. Improper insulation will not let the system heat up the home well. If insulation around windows, doors, attic, or other crucial areas has worn out with time, then it should be replaced before the cold weather sets in.

The vents that let the heated air inside the home tend to become clogged over time. This leads to improper heating. The HVAC company normally plans all vents in a way that the heat reaches the rooms effectively, and clogging of the vents can render the system ineffective.

• Another major problem that causes ineffective heating and energy waste is dirty filters. Clogged filters do not let the heat circulate properly. So, to keep the heating systems working properly replace the filters semi-annually or at least annually.

• A great way to reduce your power bills and keep your heating system running effectively is to use a programmable thermostat. Many homeowners are replacing their normal thermostats with programmable thermostats to achieve better heating and save costs. A programmable thermostat lets you set different temperatures for different times of the day. This puts less stress on the heating system and conserves energy.

• To reduce the stress on the heating system and to bring down power costs you should lower temperatures whenever it is possible. When you are going out or you are going off to sleep, you can lower the temperatures. This will save a lot of energy and bring down your power bills substantially. However, HVAC experts recommend that the heating system should never be shut down completely, as it may cause the pipes to freeze or burst.

If you are having any trouble with your heating system, and it is not heating your house adequately, call Scott-Lee Heating Company at (314) 200-0788 for maintenance and repairs.

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