Investing in your home now protects your wallet in the future. Making small changes and adjustments is an affordable way to make sure your home's heating system is in good condition, and it's certainly cheaper than having to replace an entire heating system when something unexpectedly breaks.
Installing smart and efficient heating systems is the best way to minimize heating costs over the long term. In the short run, maintaining the systems you already have is the best way to keep them running at their highest capacity.
Heating System Maintenance
The first thing you need to do is run basic maintenance on your heating system. We recommend running your own assessment and maintenance once every six months and having your HVAC system professionally serviced at least once a year to protect it from breaking and to extend its life.
Check your heating in the later months of the year before you need to turn it on in the late fall and winter. Make sure the ductwork is checked and cleaned out. Your ducts can store dust, mold, and buildup, so it's important to clean the ducts regularly to protect your heating system and the air in your home.
When your heating system is serviced you also need to make sure that the combustion chamber is cleaned and the blower is cleaned out as well. The pipes around your system should be inspected and the unit itself should be checked for cold patches. If your unit has a pilot light, make sure that light is blue.
Lastly, you need to make sure that there are no blockages and nothing is stored too close to the unit. Look for any signs of damage on or around the unit. This could look like dents, something broken, or corrosion.
Any issues that arise during maintenance and basic inspection should be fixed immediately.
Monitor Heaters for Safety
Make sure to have a carbon monoxide detector in your heating room near all of your home equipment. Each year, make sure to change the batteries in the detector and test it.
A carbon monoxide detector is very important for your family's safety and will quickly alert you to a dangerous problem with your heating system. Carbon monoxide can poison you and your family, and tragically, even lead to death.
So don't try to save a few bucks here. Purchasing a detector is always worth it.
If your heating system is looking good, but you want to add something extra to up the air quality in your home and increase equity in your home, think about adding a filter to your heating system.
While all heating systems have traditional screen filters, you can add a much more advanced filter to the system to keep the air in your home very clean.
You'll know these fancy filters are working well if they are very dirty the first few months from cleaning everything out of the air, and then they gradually get cleaner as the air quality in your home improves.
You can purchase filters that specifically target allergens or ones that focus on improving air quality in general. Some of these air filters use UV light, not just filters, to clean your air more efficiently.
Upgrade with Smart Tech
Smart devices are in every area of the home and that means your heating system can use a little smart tech too. You can start simple by adding a smart controller for your heating system so that it's used effectively throughout the day and winter in general.
You don't want to waste heat and energy, and smart controls for your heating system can help you maximize efficiency and save money.
Set Up Renewable Energy and Efficient Appliances
You can also upgrade your heating systems for smarter, more efficient alternatives. Save up your money so you have the finances when your current system breaks or even before it breaks.
No heating system will last a lifetime, so budgeting for smarter, more efficient supplies is a good way to make sure you're thinking about the future of your home and your heating system.