With Boise and the Treasure Valley forecast to get snow this weekend, it’s definitely time for some winter HVAC tips. After getting the HVAC system serviced by Diamond Heating and Cooling, the work isn’t completely over. Here are some additional things homeowners can do to help keep their heating system running efficiently this winter:
- Change Air Filters
Air filters need to be changed at least every three months. Remember to do this by writing it on the calendar, putting an event in a cell phone, writing the date on the filter, etc.
- Thermostat Check
The thermostat should be tested to make sure it’s still working correctly. On a cold morning, turn the heat on and set the thermostat to the preferred temperature used in the winter. If the furnace doesn’t reach the desired temperature, it could indicate an issue.
- Install a New Thermostat
One way to lower bills and keep the house more comfortable during the winter is to install a programmable thermostat. If high energy bills were a problem last winter, this could help. The experts at Diamond Heating can help with the installation too.
- Air Vents
Air needs to have a clear path out of the vents to circulate throughout the house and maintain the optimal temperature. Walk through the house and make sure none of the vents are being obscured by furniture.
- Keep an Ear Open
Winter can take its toll on HVAC systems, which is why many breakdown during the colder months. Be aware of how the HVAC system is supposed to sound and act. If it begins to behave differently, like short-cycling, or making odd noises, contact Diamond Heating and Cooling right away to diagnose the problem.
Along with keeping the furnace health and happy, here are some other tips homeowners can enact to stay warm this winter:
- Cover doors or windows that aren’t in use during winter with plastic to help keep the heat in.
- After using the oven, leave the door slightly ajar so the heat can escape into the kitchen, keeping the house warmer.
- Weather-strip doors and windows if air is leaking out or in.
- Bundle up! Layering clothing and using blankets instead of cranking the heat up really high can keep everyone warm, while keeping the heating bills a little lower.
- Use space heaters if everyone is gathered in one room. Be sure to keep the area around space heaters clear to avoid fires.
Diamond Heating and Cooling wants everyone to stay warm this winter. Talk to them about furnace maintenance, or installing a new one if necessary. Their team is available for emergency HVAC issues 24/7.