Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter for all of us here in eastern North Carolina. If you’re ready for warmer weather though, don’t worry. The little guy doesn’t have the most accurate record when it comes to weather predictions.
In either case, you probably won’t be switching your heat off and your air conditioner on anytime soon. Advance Mechanical is here to help keep you and your family warm for all of those cool days we may have left ahead of us. Here are a few tips:
Open and Clean Floor Air Registers
Make sure that nothing is on top of or near your floor vents. Toys, dust, or furniture obstructing a strong flow can really effect how much warm air circulates throughout your home.
Add More Insulation
No, we aren’t suggesting tearing down dry wall. Doing small things can help keep the heat in and better insulate your home. One way to do this is by opening your curtains during the day and closing them at night. This will allow the sun to help heat your home during the daytime, but then keep that heat in your home when the temperatures are at their lowest. Another small step you can take to better insulate your home is to put down more rugs. Many people don’t realize that up to 10% of heat is lost through the flooring. Extra rugs help to prevent heat from seeping into bare floors.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
You’ve heard that warm air rises, right? Use that knowledge to your advantage. Running your ceiling fans in reverse will push the hot air back down and redistribute it throughout your home.
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you should! A programmable thermostat allows you to keep an equal balance of heat in your home. You can program your heating system to heat your home to different temperatures at different times of the day. For example, while you are at work or sleeping, you can set it to a lower temperature. Not only will it allow you to better control the heat in your home, it will also save money. Remember, for every degree you lower your thermostat, you can save up to 5% on your heating costs.
We mention this a lot, but changing your air filters regularly can make a big difference in how much heat you feel in your home. A dirty filter causes your heating system to work harder, which can lead to less efficient heating and higher energy bills.
One of the best ways to ensure that you stay warm for the rest of winter, is to make sure that your heating system is running properly. Contact Advance Mechanical for a heating system tune-up. Preventative maintenance is the best way to keep your system running all year long!
Advance Mechanical is committed to serving the heating needs of Greenville, NC and surrounding areas. Part of our commitment means sharing useful tips to keep you warm all winter long. However, you can’t stay warm without an effective heating system. If your HVAC or heating unit needs to repaired or replaced, contact Advance Mechanical today. Our trusted and experienced technicians have all the tools to make your home comfortable during any season.