A great deal of heating repair involves making sure your home is well insulated, preventing your HVAC system from working long, hard hours in vain. If you've ever paid an electric bill in the middle of winter, you're probably well familiar with the costs of keeping your home toasty warm. Those without the luxury of a fireplace are at the mercy of the elements without their central heat. But there are things you can do to make sure you're getting the most out of your system. Some of it involves making sure the system itself is working at maximum efficiency. But there is also the matter of making sure you aren't losing that precious heat to the atmosphere.
Windows and Doors
Anyone with kids has probably yelled at them to keep the door closed during the winter. "You're letting all the heat out!" is a common refrain. While it's undoubtedly true, it could be missing the big picture. Windows and doors that are improperly sealed could be letting out a lot of that heat even when shut. Before you spend a lot of money on heating repair, you might consider taking a tour of your home, making sure all of your windows and doors are sealed tightly enough to prevent both wintry drafts from outside and your own heat from escaping into the cold.
As we all learned in elementary school, heat rises. This means you need to make sure that you have a properly insulated attic if you want to keep that heat from escaping into the atmosphere. This is where many homeowners lose the majority of their home's energy efficiency. You could be running your HVAC system twice as much as you need to just because you lack that proper insulation. Call out of a professional to evaluate your insulation and see what he has to say about the matter. You could save hundreds of dollars in electric bill costs just by making an upgrade.
Sometimes, in the end, it is the HVAC system after all. Experts agree that a home's HVAC system loses energy efficiency on the order of 5% per year. After only a couple of years, it's easy to see why your energy bills are growing out of control. Having a heating repair company come out and service your system can make a big difference. These systems are machines in need of maintenance. Don't let yours fall into disrepair. Keeping up with maintenance will ensure you're getting the most out of your system and will allow you to keep your home warm and comfortable throughout the harsh winter months.