Improving the performance of your home's heating system is likely one of the most effective and important things that you can do to improve the quality of life inside your house during the coldest months of the year. For some homes, this may involve completely upgrading the heating system, but many others will be able to utilize easier and more cost-effective tips to boost this performance.
Use Blinds And Curtains To Insulate Windows At Night
During the winter months, the coldest temperatures are likely to occur at night when there is no sun to provide warm light. As a result, your home's heating system is likely to need to work far more during the overnight hours. To limit the amount of heat that is lost through the glass of your windows during the night, you should close the curtains or blinds. This can limit the convective drafts that will substantially lower the temperature in the house. However, you will want to remember to open the blinds and curtains during the day so that the warm sunlight can help to raise the temperature in your house.
Periodically Clean The Heating System
Dust and other debris can be among the largest performance drains for the heating system in your home. While many homeowners will know to take the time to clean the heating unit before the coldest weather arrives, they may fail to clean it periodically throughout the winter months. Cleaning the unit will limit the impacts that dust and other particulate debris can have on the performance of the heating system as the winter progresses. For those that have their heating units in basements or other isolated areas of the home, unit cleaning can be especially important as these areas can have an extremely high dust concentration.
Seal Gaps Around The Windows
It can be difficult for the heating system to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home if there is a constant source of cool air entering the home. Drafts from gaps around the windows is a common source of this problem. Over time, small gaps can form around the frame of the window, and this may allow substantial amounts of cold air to make it inside. While these drafts can have major impacts on the temperature in the home, these drafts can be fairly easy to locate when the temperature outside is cold. By running your hand along the perimeter of the window, you will be able to feel where cool air is entering. Once you find these gaps, you can use caulk to quickly and easily close them.
For additional tips on improving the heating in your home, reach out to a local HVAC contractor.