Home Heating Dos and Don’ts
Winter is coming, and with the unmistakable chill of January comes higher heating costs. At THA Heating, Air, & Plumbing we want to help you take control of costs, while also making sure you, your family, and your home are safe. We’ve prepared a list of dos and don’ts for firing up your heating system with maximum efficiency all season long.
Most of these are fairly simple, and don’t require a ton of work.
- Get your heater checked every 1-2 years. Fixing a broken heater is MUCH more expensive than proactively addressing any potential issues
- Start heating your home earlier than you might think you should. It’s far better for your heating system to gradually work its way up to the optimal temperature as the weather gets colder than to try and heat your entire home quickly by forcing it to a higher temperature. It’ll also allow a smoother transition for the body
- Keep the thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure warmth without breaking the bank. Use blankets and fireplaces to your advantage – these will keep you warm at a much lower cost than cranking up the thermostat.
- Change your thermostat temperature at night and when you are away. The recommended temperature during the winter is 62 degrees Fahrenheit. This may seem too cold, but while you are asleep, you won’t notice the dip in temperature nearly as much as if you were awake.
- Get a thorough inspection of your heating system prior to use. It’s important to make sure nothing deteriorated or broke over the summer. Once your system has been inspected, you’ll know exactly what needs repair or replacement to avoid unexpected heating breakdowns which can be very expensive to address
- Ensure proper insulation throughout your home. Check all windows, air ducts, and places like the attic where insulation may be worn down or absent. Do this every 3-5 years
- Use a programmable thermostat to control temperature fluctuations in your home. These little gadgets can save hundreds of dollars per year by lowering temperature at night and while you are away from home.
- Call a professional if you need help! When you call the experts at THA Heating, Air, & Plumbing, you are guaranteed to get exceptional service at a reasonable price.
- Crank the thermostat up as high as it can go to heat your home rapidly. This does not work. The temperature will climb at the same rate if you set it to 70 or if you set it to 82. Propane heat is dangerous so you’ll want to let it climb slowly and not let too much out
- Turn the heating on and off, or only have the heating on for a short time. This is a waste of energy and does not utilize the efficiency of many home heating systems. Don’t throw dollars away on small bursts of heat that will quickly dissipate.
- Use anything flammable or meltable to stop leaks, like dish towels, tape, or rags. Be careful about what you use to repair your heating system. Or, better yet, call us to schedule a repair visit so you know your problem has been handled by a professional.
- Use space heaters for the majority of your home’s heating. Careful instructions must be followed while using a space heater. With the majority of house fires occurring as the result of space heater use, it is better to minimize your risk by using as few as possible in your home.
- Leave space heaters unattended. The heat they provide is very concentrated and pose as a serious fire hazard. For a comprehensive list of space heater safety tips, check out our blog here.
Here at THA Heating, Air, & Plumbing, we know that it can be difficult to get ahead of the rising costs of home maintenance. Whether it be a water heater installation, a leaky faucet, or a malfunctioning septic tank – we are here to help. Our goal is to provide thorough plumbing services at an affordable cost and arm you with the information you need to maintain your home. We want to simplify your experience by giving you access to reliable, reasonable appliance work, as well as boost your personal knowledge. We offer round-the-clock services including emergency plumbing repairs, outside of regular business hours. If you’re located in San Diego, call us at (858) 571-8865 to schedule your next repair, install, or anything else in between today!