It’s that time of year again, when the last days of steady warm weather slip behind us, the rain begins to fall regularly, jackets start hanging on coat racks near the front door—and home heating systems turn on for their months of work keeping Seattle residents comfortable in their homes.
G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. has provided excellent quality heating services to Seattle since 1977. We have some tips based on our decades of experience that will help you get the most from the furnace, heat pump, or other HVAC system that warms your home. With only a few basic steps, you will get improved heating and more budget-friendly energy bills.
When you need additional assistance with your heater, or if you simply have more questions about our North Seattle, WA heating services, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Some ways to get the most from your heater in North Seattle
Make sure your home has proper insulation: The insulation in a home serves one job: acting as a barrier to heat. During warm weather, it keeps heat outside. During cold weather, it keeps heat inside. Without proper insulation, the heat from your HVAC system will slip right outdoors and do you little good. Insulation can deteriorate over time, so check that yours is in good shape. (Pay particular attention to the insulation in the attic; heat rises.) Also check for any heat leaks occurring around your windows or doors and get proper weather stripping and caulking done.
Avoid overworking your heater with lower thermostat temperatures: People often feel unsure how high to set their thermostat on cold days, and they often err on the side of too much heat. This not only wastes energy, it puts stress on the heater. On most days, you will find that 68°F will give you the right level of comfort, and you can add an extra layer of clothes to help. When you’re asleep, lower the temperature to 58°F.
Schedule regular preventive maintenance: If your heater begins to develop problems, even small ones that only create minor inconveniences, it will begin to work inefficiently and may eventually require more expensive repairs. Protect yourself from an abrupt breakdown, reduced heating power, and unexpectedly high bills with an annual inspection from a professional HVAC technician.
If you follow these tips for heating in North Seattle, WA, you should experience few troubles from your home heater. G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. can help you: with our pre-paid maintenance program, you’ll receive two maintenance visits a year (one for your heater and one for your air conditioner), priority service, 10% off parts and labor, and never have to pay overtime rates for repairs. Best of all, you’ll get improved performance from your heater: that means more comfort and fewer repair bills in the future.