It might be fall right now, but the winter temperatures are definitely here. Depending on where you live, you could be looking at even colder days coming up. Unfortunately, freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your heater. The last thing you want is for your heater to break down under the pressure. Luckily, there are some things you can do to avoid that problem. Here are four suggestions that will help you keep your home warm, and your heater working, this winter.
Start with a Clean Heater
It's going to be a cold winter this year. You need your heater to be up to the task. To ensure that, you should start with a clean heater. If you're not comfortable cleaning your own heater, now's the time to schedule a maintenance appointment with your local HVAC specialist. Starting the winter with a clean heater will help prevent seasonal breakdowns.
Increase the Temperature Slowly
When it's cold outside, you may be tempted to crank the heater up as high as it will go, especially if you want to heat your home up quickly. Unfortunately, that practice won't heat your home up quicker, but it could lead to a catastrophic breakdown. That's because the increased work could overheat the motor, and burn out the thermocouple that's responsible for regulating your furnace. To prevent breakdowns, always increase the temperature slowly, a few degrees at a time.
Insulate Your Windows
If you don't have dual-pane, insulated windows, you could be losing heat through the glass. Unfortunately, that means your heater will be working overtime to make up for the lost heat. Make up for the loss of insulation in your glass, by insulating your windows by yourself. You can do that by hanging thermal blankets over your windows. You should also ensure that the caulking and weatherstripping around your windows is in good shape. If you can see gaps in the caulking or weatherstripping, go ahead and apply a fresh layer to help keep the heat inside your home.
Utilize Secondary Heat Sources
When it's freezing outside, and your heater just can't keep up, it's a good idea to utilize secondary heat sources. Fireplaces and portable space heaters do a good job of providing additional heat to your home. Be sure to avoid leaving your fireplace and space heaters unattended. If you enjoy baking, fresh-baked cookies are a great way to enjoy a cold day. Not only that, but you'll be heating your home while you're baking your cookies. If you're not going to be baking, don't try using your oven as a heater though. It can create dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, especially if you leave the oven door open.
Contact a company, like H.R. Stewart Inc., for more help.