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Winter Heating Tips

Don’t freeze! Stay warm and save money with our winter heating tips.
Don’t freeze! Stay warm and save money with our winter heating tips.

Have you made sure that your HVAC system is ready for the winter? It is vital that you know the best methods for heating your home in the winter months, in order to make sure that you and your family stay happy and healthy. Below are a few winter heating tips to help you.

Be Patient

Avoid the urge to radically raise your temperature settings in order to force your gas furnace to heat your home as quickly as possible. This action will not make your home heat any quicker. Actually, all you are doing is raising your heating bill and damaging your equipment.

Stay Safe

If you decide to use a portable heating system, exercise caution. Portable heaters can be a serious safety hazard if left unsupervised so be sure to turn them off when you are not in the room.

Additionally, when it comes to safety you need to fit your fire alarm and carbon monoxide detectors with fresh batteries. Remember to test all of the detectors to make sure they will sound the alarm if there is a fire or carbon monoxide in your home.

Control Airflow

The key to the efficiency of your HVAC equipment is proper airflow, so be sure to change your furnace filter before the onset of winter. The quality of your indoor air can be severely lowered by a dirty furnace filter. Have you noticed more dust around the house?  Once again this could be the result of a dirty furnace filter.

Further, be sure to close the damper when you are not using the fireplace. With your damper in the open position your chimney will suck up all the warm air from inside your home resulting in increased utility bills, longer system runtimes and greater system wear and tear.

The Best Winter Heating Tip of All

Your best move when preparing for a cold winter heating season is to schedule preventative maintenance with your local heating and air conditioning contractor who will make sure that everything is working as properly and efficiently as possible. Kings Heating in Lynnwood serves all of Snohomish County, and northern King County as well. We’d love to help you with your winter heating needs. Give us a call today