Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, which means showing affection to the one that keeps you warm when nobody else would. We are talking about your heating system, of course!
The furnace is the unsung hero of the home, working around the clock to keep a comfortable climate during the winter months. Here are five things you can do to show it some love this Valentine’s Day.
1. Change your air filters each month.
Air filters are responsible for keeping dust and debris out of your furnace. When these filters become dirty, your furnace has to work harder to heat your home. This results in increased wear-and-tear and a shorter lifespan. For best results, clean or replace your filters every month.
2. Clean your air vents and the areas around them.
The air vents are the lungs of your heating system; you want to make sure they are clean. Dust that accumulates in these vents doesn’t just limit airflow, it can spread around your home and compromise air quality. Experts recommend having your air ducts professionally cleaned every 3-5 years.
3. Don’t crank up the heat too much.
On a chilly day, you might be tempted to crank the thermostat until it can’t go any higher. While you may have the cozy home you desire, it comes at a price – mainly higher energy bills and an increased workload on your furnace. Consider putting on a sweater instead of blasting the heat.
4. Supplement with your ceiling fans.
Did you know that ceiling fans can help keep you warm? By setting your blades to rotate in a clockwise direction, warm air that gathers at your ceiling will be pushed back down into the room. This is a cost-effective way to warm up that many homeowners aren’t aware of.
5. Have a professional tune-up.
There is no better way to give your heating system some TLC than by having it professionally tuned up. An annual tune-up can lower your energy bills, extend the lifespan of your unit, improve heating capacity, and more. Some HVAC manufacturers even require it for their warranty.
Trust the heating experts at the Air Treatment Company to keep you warm this winter. We offer home heating system repairs, installations, and maintenance services to Fairfax County, Virginia and the surrounding areas. Contact us online to schedule a service, or call (703) 938-0550.