There’s no place like home for the holidays, yet, it’s no fun when you’re fired up for a celebration, but it’s downright chilly. With temperatures dipping into the 30s in the evenings and early mornings, here are a few home heating tips for the holidays and throughout the winter.
Get Your HVAC Winter Maintenance
If you haven’t already, schedule your routine maintenance check for your HVAC system. During the check, your system will be evaluated for heat-hindering issues like loose belts, gas pressure problems and cracks in the heat exchanger.
Have Your System Ducts Inspected
Leaky and dirty ducts are among the most common reasons for sky-high heating bills. Your HVAC contractor can ensure your ducts are in order and enabling an effective flow of heated air to your home.
Prevent Heating Fires
The majority of home heating fires happen during the winter months. Clogged and dirty equipment is a common culprit. If you haven’t yet turned on your heat for the season, make sure to get a tune-up before your holiday family get-togethers. Filters and vents should be cleaned and free from dust which is flammable and can spread fire. As well, keep flammable items, such as decorations, wrapped gifts and blankets away from heaters.
Check Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
If you have a gas furnace, you will want to make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector, as well as smoke detectors that are fully operational. Your carbon monoxide alarm should be placed at least 15 to 20 feet from the furnace or any fuel burning heating equipment.
Use Your Programmable Thermostat
With the busyness of the holidays, programmable thermostats can be extremely beneficial because you can set them and forget them. To keep family and guests comfortable, set optimal heat temperatures for up to four times per day, ensuring you won’t have to deal with over-heated dinnertimes and bone-chilling breakfasts.
Schedule Your Winter Maintenance Check Now
Don’t take chances with your heating during the holidays. Call Chandler Air, your East Valley heating and air conditioning specialists since 1982. Call 480-899-0267.