Now that February has rolled around the corner Valentine’s Day is coming up, everyone knows that love is in the air. But maybe you’re finding some other things in your home’s air, like dust. On the other hand, with temperatures well below freezing and more snow than Ohio has seen in years, our heating systems are working 24/7 to keep up. You can show your furnace a little love this Valentine’s Day by checking up on your HVAC system. By checking off these suggestions that we at Newark-Heath Heating & Cooling put together, you can give your furnace a Valentine’s Day that will keep it going for the rest of the winter!
How To Say “I Love You” In Machine Language
While your loved one might appreciate flowers or a box of chocolate, heating systems are a little more particular when it comes to showing your appreciation. With furnaces, some simple tune up steps can go a long way, and you’ll be lightening your heating system’s load! In addition, by being proactive and checking up on your furnace before it starts to malfunction, you’ll be able to catch problems before they get out of hand. This can save you a lot of money in the future! So here are some recommendations on keeping your heating system happy and healthy.
The Closed Vent Myth
A longstanding myth among families is that closing vents in unused rooms in your home will save energy and the number of digits on your electric bill. Surprising as it may be, this is a serious myth. In fact, the opposite is true, and here’s why: when your HVAC system was installed in your home, parts were adjusted to fit your home so that the correct amount of air would flow through each room and return to your furnace. By closing vents in unused rooms, you are actually making your furnace work harder. This is because you are adjusting the pressure and messing with the balance of air distribution. Also, it can lead to aggravated air ducts, which lead to leaks, which will make your furnace work even harder (and cost you a lot of money in the process). So by opening those vents, you’ll be doing both yourself and your furnace a favor!
Your Furnace’s Favorite Gift
You can also check your furnace’s air filter and see if it needs to be replaced. While we suggest that you replace your filter about once a month, in winter we encourage you to replace it more frequently when needed. A good indicator of whether your filter is ready to retire is if you can’t see the material of the filter beneath the dust and dirt buildup. This step is especially important if you have allergies. This is because any dust and dirt not caught in the filter will be forced into the air in your home. In addition, if the filters are left dirty for too long, your heating system could start experiencing problems like overheating components or uneven heating throughout your home. By replacing your air filter a little early this Valentine’s Day, you’ll give your furnace a breath of fresh air (literally).
The Gift That Gives Back
Another great thing you can do to show your furnace some love this Valentine’s Day is to treat it to a tune-up! By having a professional take a look at your heating system, you can easily identify any small problems before they have the chance to get out of hand. This could save you a lot of money in repair costs if you catch problems early. If you’d like to keep your furnace happy and healthy, you can call Newark-Heath Heating & Cooling today at 740-212-5849, or you can schedule an appointment now by clicking here! Trust us, you won’t regret showing your heating system your appreciation this Valentine’s Day. It’ll appreciate the helping hand, and so will you when you get your next electric bill!