Living in Washington means that we don’t really have to deal with extreme winter weather. Yes, it gets cold and yes, you are going to be relying on your heater in order to keep your home comfortable during the winter season. That being said, we are not going to be dealing with the frequent subzero temperatures that homeowners in other areas of the country do. That being said, you still don’t want to be paying more than you should have to in order to heat your home.
That is why we have put together some tips to help you enjoy more efficient heating in Arlington, WA. Relatively mild winters should definitely not result in higher than necessary energy costs, even if those costs don’t add up to a crippling amount. And don’t worry. We’re not just going to tell you to invest in a new, expensive high-efficiency system, either. We can’t make your system more efficient than it’s rated for, but we can help you to enjoy the most efficient performance that it has to offer.
Have Ceiling Fans? Use Ceiling Fans!
But I’m trying to keep warm, not cool off, you may be thinking. Right, but that’s the great thing about ceiling fans: they help you to do both! That’s right. Contrary to what some homeowners believe, ceiling fans are not just for use in the summer season—and they’re definitely not just for decoration!
Remember, even during the summer, ceiling fans are not actively adjusting the temperature. Instead, they serve to help keep air cooled by the AC circulating throughout the house. Heat can get trapped up at the ceiling level in your home, and reversing the direction in which your fans turn to their winter setting helps to force that heated air back down into the living space. This is done by flipping a switch on the fixture itself, and keeping the fans running in a clockwise direction.
Change Your Air Filter!
Using a forced air heating system is a very popular and very effective way in which to heat one’s home. However, you really need to keep your air filters in mind. If your furnace or heat pump is tasked with forcing heated air through a dirty filter, it is going to use more energy than it should have to.
That filter can clog up quicker than you may realize, and that becomes a problem when you are running your heater regularly. In addition to increased airflow resistance, that strain can also increase the risk of damages. Air filters are cheap, easy to install, and can benefit you greatly when they’re changed regularly.
Do you have cold spots in your home that are also warm in the summer? That suggests that these areas simply do not have enough insulation to keep heat from transferring into or out of your home in undesirable quantities. Scheduling service with professional insulation technicians can resolve the problem.
Heat is going to naturally seek balance, and that means that it will try to escape your home during the coldest time of the year. Using the right amount of insulation in the right places will keep that heat where it belongs. Contact us with any questions that you may have.
Schedule your heating services with Foss Heating & Cooling.