Ask Adam: Cold Weather is Here

Weather Changes

Now that the temperature is starting to match the month we are in, it’s important to be ready for the even colder weather. Once the first snowflake sticks, you will want to use the heat 24/7.

What are some things that you can do now to make sure your heating system can take the harsh winter months?

Test

A simple test of your system will let you know if it’s ready. Use your thermostat to give your heating system a ‘test run’ before the cold temperatures hit. Test the system to see if it can rise to the temperatures you’ve set as a preliminary evaluation. If it takes too long, or cannot seem to reach the temperature you set, call Official HVAC to address the inefficiencies BEFORE your system is needed on a daily basis.

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Reduce Energy Bills

That little respite from using the system between the hot summer and cold fall and winter doesn’t last long. Which means your energy bills are constantly high. To help reduce the cost, install a programmable thermostat that allows you to switch your heating on and off in accordance with your lifestyle. For example, if no one is in your home from 8am to 5pm, there’s no reason to have the heating on during that time frame. You can turn the heat on an hour before you usually get home. You can program it to fit your lifestyle and save on energy costs.

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A poorly running system will consume more energy and not perform at its peak. Have a furnace inspection done now before you the weather outside requires you to have the heater on every day.

Still Have High Energy Bills? Heater Not Working Properly?

If none of the above or previous tips have resulted in lower energy bills, it might be time for a new system. Especially is small repairs have been made and there is no noticeable change. How old is your current system?  Consider how long you’ve been living in currently to estimate the age of the system. If it’s ten years or older and doesn’t respond to repairs or maintenance, replacement may be the best option. Plus, if you notice huge energy bills no matter what you do, it’s time to find a replacement.

Call us today to set up a furnace check. If you’re looking to replace a furnace, we can help you select the best one for your home. For more information about programmable thermostats, read about the nest stat and how it can also alert you to carbon monoxide.