Heating in Houston TX is no laughing matter. We benefit from the mild breezes off the Gulf, but our winter nights still get quite chilly, and a reliable heating system is the best way to keep our homes cozy and comfortable. When using your heater, make sure you get the maximum possible use out of it, which means improving its efficiency and ensuring that it performs to the best of its ability. You can take several concrete steps to make sure that happens.
Here’s how to get the most out of your heater this winter.
- Schedule a maintenance session in the fall. As soon as air conditioning season ends, you should plan for a maintenance session from a qualified service technician. In all likelihood, you haven’t run your heater in the summer, which means it’s probably built up quite a bit of dust and grime. That can create friction in moving parts and increase strain on the system overall. Furthermore, any components which became loose during last year’s heating season probably haven’t been addressed. A maintenance session can clean up the dirt, tighten loose parts and otherwise ensure that your heater is ready for the winter.
- Seal your house. Use weather stripping or caulk to seal up any leaks in your doors and windows: cracks around the edges that can cause warm air to escape. If you can, see about adding more insulation to your attic, which will further protect you from lost heat.
- Add zone controls or a programmable thermostat. Zone controls allow you to heat individual sections of your house: limiting your heating to only those rooms you’re using. Programmable thermostats let you automatically turn off the heat when you leave the house for work, then turn it on again just before you come home. Both will seriously cut down on heating costs, and put money back into your pocket every month.
For more tips on how to get the most out of your heater and for other issues with heating in Houston, contact the experts at KAC Express. We can schedule a maintenance session or repair any outstanding problems before the temperatures get too cold. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!