The winner of the least favorite season of the year goes to…winter!
The cold makes some of us sick, put on weight and spend more money. There is nothing more rewarding than a warm house after a busy day in the cold. Let’s learn how to relax in a warm house safely, without wasting energy costs:
1. Call H.A. Lewis for Heating Service or Installation
Most importantly, you need a residential heating system you can depend on. H.A. Lewis provides the best residential heating equipment available, as well as expert heating repair on existing systems. Our team of professionals undergoes on-going training on the latest in high efficiency furnaces, hybrid heating systems, indoor air quality systems, and other home comfort technology. As Trane® Comfort Specialists, we pledge to follow a strict set of Trane Best Practices every day.
2. Set an Ideal Temperature Setting
Set your thermostat to 68°F while in the house, and as low as 58°F when sleeping or away. Expect to see savings of 5% to 15% on your annual heating bill. This routine can be implemented manually or automatically, if you have a digital thermostat installed.
3. Use the Fireplace
Reignite your fireplace for free heat, and avoid the risk of a house fire. Here are some helpful tips to reduce the likelihood of any fire accidents:
- Have your chimney swept at least once a year to remove soot. Ensure it’s free from cracks and has a cap to prevent the entry of small animals and outside debris.
- Buy seasoned wood, and if unsure use a moisture meter to check dampness. Burning damp wood can create tar, which could result in a chimney fire.
- A fire that burns too intensely does not last long. Bigger is not better in this case. Big fires have more smoke, which could damage the chimney. Place logs on a metal plate at the back of the fireplace and never use flammable fluids to light fire.
- Use a spark guard to prevent hot coals jumping out from the fireplace.
4. Prepare Windows and Doors
Look for any air gaps around windows and door frames. If you find any, install weather stripping under entry doors and around windows. Replace summer window screens and screen doors with storm windows and storm doors.
5. Learn When to Use Plug-in Heaters
Portable electric heaters result in about 600 fires in the US each year. Portable heaters are great for making small spaces warm, so that you do not have to heat your whole property. However, use them with care and away from curtains, bedding and furniture.
We hope you found these tips to be helpful. Give us a call with any questions on how to keep your heating costs down this winter!