Get Your Heating System Ready for Winter

It’s September, and the air here in Middle Tennessee is just starting to take on an autumn chill.  Before we know it, the temperature will drop, and winter will be here.  Now’s the time to make sure your heating system is in optimal working order for the cold months ahead.

Here are some important steps to take, according to the TN farm bureau:

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

Equipping your heating system with a programmable thermostat is an easy way to automatically regulate the temperature in your home.  These thermostats have multiple heating programs you can customize and run based on your heating preferences.

Many of these programmable thermostat models also offer smartphone capability.  Oh no—Mom’s coming over for dinner, but you’re running late at the office, and you’ve lowered the heat at home!  No worries, just use your thermostat’s app on your phone to turn up the heat right from work, and take the chill off before Mom arrives.  

Here are a few tips for using your programmable thermostat, according to the US Department of Energy:

You can easily save money on your monthly heating bill by running a heating program to lower the temperature anytime your home will be unoccupied for four hours or longer.

The website for the Department of Energy also says, “To operate properly, a thermostat must be on an interior wall away from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways, skylights, and windows. It should be located where natural room air currents–warm air rising, cool air sinking–occur. Furniture will block natural air movement, so do not place pieces in front of or below your thermostat.”

Maintain Your Furnace

Your furnace’s filter needs to be cleaned or replaced every 2-3 months to keep your furnace at peak performance.  The filter is designed to keep the furnace components (blower and coil assemblies) clean and free of dust and debris.  A clean furnace will use less energy to heat your home, which will save you on your monthly heating bill.

Keeping your furnace vents clear is very important to your family’s safety.  Inspect your furnace for leaks in vent pipes to avoid venting potentially deadly carbon monoxide back into your home.  If you are uncomfortable taking on such an important safety task, you should get your system professionally checked and tuned!

Inspect Your Water Heater

Set your water heater to 120 degrees.  This will help you save 5-10% off your water heating costs.  Setting the temperature above 120 degrees will not only cost you more, it’s also dangerous:  Scalding water temperatures in faucets and showers can cause burns to your skin.

Whether you love or hate the colder temperatures winters brings, it’s important to make sure your home is equipped to handle them.  A quick call to us here at Synergy to set up a professional inspection will help put your mind at ease.  Let us help you make sure you have everything in place in your home to keep your family toasty all winter long,