We’ve been spoiled by a fairly mild winter in Central Kentucky this year, but it’s not over yet, which means there is still plenty of time for freezing temperatures. These winter HVAC tips can help keep you cozy until spring officially arrives.
Make the Most of Your Thermostat
If you still have an old-school thermostat, consider upgrading it to a digital thermostat. There is an initial investment when it is installed, but it will likely pay itself off before you know it in the energy savings it provides. A digital thermostat can be set to keep your house cooler while you are at work, on vacation, or sleeping, and warmer when you are home and awake.
If a programmable thermostat isn’t for you, you can manually adjust the temperature too, it’s just harder to remember to do it every time. And resist the urge to turn your furnace off completely when you aren’t home or when you’re sleeping – when the weather is really cold, your furnace will have to work harder to bring the temperature back where you want it, wasting money and running the risk that your home will never be completely warm when you’re home.
Keep It Clean
As a homeowner you have probably been told to keep your furnace filter clean, but it doesn’t hurt to say it again. Not only does cleaning or changing your furnace filter keep the circulating air cleaner, it also allows more warm air to reach your living spaces and reduces stress on your furnace. In the winter it’s best to change your filter every month.
It is also important to keep the area clear around your heating unit. If you have a heat pump, keep shrubs trimmed clear of the outdoor compressor and remove any dead leaves that may have collected around it. Gas furnaces should also be given plenty of clear space to operate most efficiently and to avoid potential fires.
Clogged ducts and dusty air vents can also obstruct warm air, so have your ducts cleaned and vacuum air return vents regularly.
Add Some Moisture
The reason the Southwest is more comfortable than the Southeast when temperatures are high is because of humidity. Moisture in the air makes it feel warmer, whether you are indoors or outdoors. While this is a disadvantage in the summer, it can be an advantage in the winter. Adding a whole-house humidifier makes your home warmer and more comfortable without raising the setting on your thermostat.
Schedule a Check-up
You have routine check-ups to make sure you stay healthy and your furnace should too. Annual maintenance can keep your furnace running smoothly all winter long, which means you’ll stay warm and cozy. Many HVAC companies, like ADA Heating & Air, offer home energy evaluations, which can be done during your annual service call, and they can ensure your dampers and vents are positioned properly so the rooms you are in the most stay warm.
Winter HVAC Tips
Don’t let this winter give you the chills. Use these winter HVAC tips to stay comfortable all season long. And for all your HVAC maintenance needs, contact ADA Heating & Air, servicing the following areas: Danville, Nicholasville, Versailles, Lexington, Harrodsburg, Stanford, Winchester, Lancaster and the surrounding areas.