Right now, you're probably not giving much thought about the heating system in your home — after all, when the AC is on high, who wants to think about heating anything up? Well, now's the time to think about the heating system that'll keep your family warm this year. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you prepare for a cold winter right now, in the dead of summer.
Hire a Residential Heating Professional
How long has it been since you've had the system installed, serviced, or professionally maintained? If the system is greater than 10 years old, it's in your best interest to have the system serviced right now. During the service check, the technician will be able to identify any problems that could arise due to failing parts. He or she could also recommend whether it would be better to replace the system or to repair it. Old systems are not as efficient as they could be. The models being released today have far greater efficiency levels and could save you quite a bit on your heating bill.
Think about Portable Heater Use
How many times last winter did you have to use a portable heater to warm up a certain area of the home? If the heating system is large enough, the ductwork and ventilation systems are designed properly, and the home is insulated well, there should be no reason to use a portable heater in any area of the home. The only time this would be beneficial is if you're maintaining fairly low temperatures in most of the home and only supplementing the heat in the room where you're spending most of your time.
Portable heaters are inefficient, so you might think that you're saving money by keeping the heating system turned down, but that little portable unit could be causing the utility bill to rise.
Talk with the residential heating professional who is working with you to prepare your system for winter. He or she might also check the air conditioning to see if the system is in good working order. If you get the news about what needs to be done to the furnace now, you'll have the rest of the summer to get the work done without hurrying. Hopefully, these tips will help you get a head start on your household preparations for winter.
For more information, contact a residential heating company.