Furnace Tips for the Holidays
The holidays are a time for wrapping presents, decorating the tree, and baking cookies with your loved ones. All these fun activities make it easy to forget about mundane chores like preparing your furnace for cold weather. Unfortunately, winters in Orchard Park typically include lots of snow and frigid temperatures. Here are some simple furnace tips to ensure that your home stays cozy and warm this season.
Change the Furnace Filter
When the filter is dirty, the furnace requires more energy to perform. It also puts additional strain on the fan motor and may cause it to overheat. Indoor air pollution from a dirty filter can even trigger allergy symptoms. Do your friends and family a favor, and replace the filter before hosting any holiday events.
Open and Unblock All Vents
Are the air vents closed in your guest bedroom? Do you have furniture placed too close to the vents in the living room? Having a balanced airflow reduces the chances of experiencing cold and hot spots within a home. Closing off vents produces the negative effect of the accumulated pressure in the ducts. If you really want to block off certain areas of your home’s interior, a zoned HVAC system is your best option.
Turn on Ceiling Fans
To help save money on heating costs, use the reverse setting on your ceiling fans during the winter months. This will push warm air from the ceiling down to lower levels of the room. By performing this simple tip, you’re also minimizing the amount of time the furnace needs to run.
Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Having your furnace inspected on a yearly basis is the smartest way to avoid any holiday heating disasters. From checking the thermostat to inspecting your unit for excessive cracks and wear, a skilled HVAC technician is trained to spot any potential problems before they become a major issue.
If you can’t recall the last time your furnace was inspected, contact Vastola Heating & Cooling in Orchard Park to schedule an appointment. We offer a full range of heating and cooling services, and our team can work on generators. Give us a call today for more information.