We all know there’s no place like home for the holidays, but is your home’s heating ready to handle the additional use that comes with hosting guests?
If you’re planning to have family and friends over to celebrate the holidays or just preparing for the cold months ahead, it is a good idea to see if your home’s heating is up to the challenge.
Here are some ways to prepare your heating system for winter:
- Replace the filters. This is a very simple and easy tip, but many people forget to do it. If the unit is clogged with dust and dirt, it can be inefficient to run and could even cause some heating systems to stop working.
- Check your thermostat. Make sure your thermostat is performing the way it was intended. If your house is too cold, but the setting seems correct or if makes an odd noise, it may be time to update your thermostat. If you need a new thermostat, consider installing a smart thermostat. These tools help you save on energy bills and can be customized for your family’s needs.
- Check for cold areas in the home. If you notice drafty areas throughout your home, you may have a crack that needs to be sealed. Pay particular attention to the walls and floors surrounding the windows and doors to make sure there are no holes or cracks.
- Schedule a seasonal maintenance tune-up. Whether you have a heat pump, a boiler or a furnace, all of these appliances need yearly check-ups to run at optimal levels. A professional will inspect your ducts, your thermostat, all the system’s components and will look for leaks or cracks during a routine maintenance service call.
- Consider the heating system’s age. If you are having frequent breakdowns or the heating unit no longer fits the home’s needs, it may be time to consider replacing the heating system. If you don’t know the age of your system, an HVAC professional can help find an approximate age and let you know the unit’s condition.
Holidays are a time for family and friends to catch up, enjoy each other’s company and remember good times. You don’t want to spoil the fun by having your heating system go out while your guests are in your home.