When winter hits in Colorado, most of us both love it and hate it. We love the snow, mainly because we love to go skiing up in the mountains. Yet, we don’t exactly like the cold, especially when the temperatures dip below freezing. It is at these times that we hurry to our warm homes and hunker down, waiting for a bit warmer temperatures.
Calvary Plumbing and Heating is the best local HVAC repair company in Fort Collins. We offer HVAC repair, heater installation and repair, and plumbing services that run the gamut, from clogged toilets to kitchen remodels. As a family-owned and operated company, we value our customers and treat them how we want to be treated. Below, we’ll offer up some home heating tips so you can be even warmer when the cold spells hit. Contact us today for your next heating inspection!
HOME HEATING TIPS
Many people only think of their heaters when they flip the switch and it comes on. They let it run on autopilot, never giving it another thought until it breaks. However, this attitude could shorten the life or your heater considerably. Calvary Plumbing and Heating in Fort Collins recommends that you invest in regular cleaning at least once a year, as well as change the filters twice a year. Professional heater repair companies can inspect your furnace for any signs of repair and get it ready for the winter. Also, it’s a good idea to get your ductwork inspected and cleaned as well. You can lose a lot of heat through your ductwork, and being that it helps with airflow in your home, you also want to cut down on the number of allergens floating around your home.
Check for Cold Air Leaks
While our homes are protective, they are not leak-proof due to the fact we need openings in order to enjoy our homes. You’ll want to walk around your home and check for air leaks around your light fixtures, outlets, windows, doors, and foundations. When you find one, either use insulation or caulking to fill it to save your heat from escaping outside.
Invest In a Fireplace or a Pellet Stove
Not only are fireplaces great for creating ambiance, but they also are superb for heating. When you invest in a fireplace or pellet stove, odds are, you won’t need your heating system to run when your fire is roaring. Calvary Plumbing and Heating recommends that you place your fireplace somewhere where the warm air can rise, which will make it much more efficient. Almost nothing is more fun than sitting in front of the fire on a cold winter’s night with a cat on your lap, a cup of hot cocoa, and a book, while you watch the flames cackle and sizzle.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
By having your home heated comfortably while you are in it and by having the temperature down when you are gone, you will not only save money on your heating bill, but you can then have your heater a bit warmer than normal when you are home. Wearing layers around the house is a great idea to not only keep you warm, but keep your heating bill down and thereby reduce your carbon footprint; however, you don’t want to become a Yeti and be unable to walk because you are so weighed down.
Utilize Your Windows
The sun is still powerful, despite the tilt of the earth during the winter. Thus, you’ll want to maximize what little daylight you do have during the winter and have your blinds and curtains open to warm your home. Likewise, when the sun sets, Calvary Plumbing and Heating in Fort Collins recommends you cover your windows. For best results close both the blinds and the curtains, and the thicker your curtains, the more heat you’ll keep inside.
Close Off Unused Rooms
Do you really need to be heating your guest room all winter long when no one is in there? By closing doors to unused rooms and closing off the vents to those rooms, you’ll be putting more of your heat to the room you are in, which will keep you warmer and save you money over the long winter season.
HOW CALVARY PLUMBING AND HEATING CAN HELP WITH FURNACE REPAIR
Calvary Plumbing and Heating in Fort Collins offers furnace repair and installation services. We understand how vital a warm home is to your comfort in the winter, so we offer furnace inspection services as well. We recommend you perform these before the season hits; however, we can inspect your furnace at any time, especially if you suspect it may be acting funny. Our professional repair technicians can ensure your heater is ready for the winter. If you are in need of furnace maintenance, give us a call today!