With a proper installation and regular, professional maintenance service you can keep the heating system in your Miami home operating as effectively and efficiently as it was designed to. Of course, if you are not using your heating system in an efficient way then that performance will suffer. Simply purchasing and maintaining a high quality heater is not enough to guarantee the level of performance that you deserve from it. You must heat your home in a thoughtful way, considering your individual heating habits and needs to get the most out of your heater. Air On Demand has some tips to help you avoid some of the most common heating mistakes that people make, reducing the efficiency of their heating system and driving up their heating costs.
One of the most consistent misconceptions that people have is that they should set their thermostat for a comfortable temperature and just leave it that way. Sure, back when thermostats gave you no options or features to work with that may have made sense. Changing the temperature in your home frequently from the one control point may be inefficient. Modern thermostats, though, are more accurate than ever before and give you great programmable options to heat your home more efficiently. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your thermostat, create a heating program that fits your lifestyle, and enjoy affordable, efficient comfort this winter.
Many people will close off the heating vents in unused rooms, but this can actually affect the pressure of the heating system throughout your home and disrupt airflow efficiency. You may have a room that you never heat and always keep the vents closed. If this is going to be the case it is actually more efficient to have a professional service provider seal off that section of the ductwork to maintain proper pressure in the system.
Some homeowners keep heavy drapes drawn over their windows to prevent cold air drafts from coming in. If draftiness is a problem with your windows, fix the drafts; don’t pull the drapes. Allowing sunlight to come through your windows also allows the heat from the sun to radiate in, adding warmth to the room. Keep the cold air out, not the natural warmth of the sun.
Probably the biggest mistake that is most commonly made when heating a home is yielding to the temptation to jack the heat up when you come home to a cold house. The fact is that your heater is going to provide heat at the same rate no matter where you set the temperature. Turning the thermostat up to 80 will not heat your home faster, it will just keep your heater running longer. If you want to come home to a warm, cozy house, upgrade to a programmable thermostat and use it.