Surviving winter with your HVAC system

Winter can be a particularly tough time of the year. Even during the Christmas cheer, the thought of having to brave the biting cold is enough discouragement to not want to get out of bed. HVAC systems help us get through these tough times. You get to wonder sometimes how the folks in the ice age got by through just fires without having a nice furnace or some other heating system circulating warmth. Since HVAC systems are so important to our survival during the cold days of winter, it is only logical that we also do all we can to get these systems working perfectly without breaking down. Being stuck with a faulty furnace on a very cold day is better imagined than experienced. Below are a couple of ways to ensure that your heating system keeps functioning properly
• Deal with the dust: The accumulation of dust is a very big threat to your system. It is capable of damaging not just the heating system but even the vents responsible for letting out collected air from interior spaces. Air filters are meant to remove most of the dust, but even these filters do get clogged by the very dust they’re meant to remove. A sure winner in keeping your heating And HVAC system generally safe is by cleaning out your filters often and changing them occasionally.
• Have the system checked out: Even without any obvious damage or faults, make it a habit to schedule frequent inspections by maintenance technicians on your system. Nipping minor faults in the bud will definitely prevent big breakdowns in the future. Prevention they say is better than cure.
• Fuel: This is a basic point but can lead to quite embarrassing situations. If your heating system isn’t dependent on electricity and makes use of some sort of solid or liquid fuel, be sure to always be conscious of your fuel levels. Running out of fuel especially during off-work periods like holidays can result in an uncomfortably cold experience until you are able to purchase some. Stocking up fuels- especially liquid at home is definitely not a good idea, so it’s better to frequently check up on your fuel levels and be sure you have sufficient to last for quite some time.
• Check the controls: While you want to stay warm on cold nights, you equally don’t want to pay excessively high energy costs; we all make occasional mistakes and it’s always quite possible that you have left your thermostat set to a temperature higher than what you require. You may not notice this early enough since you just want to feel warmth. However, over time, energy costs mount (either as electricity bills or fuel costs) additively from the subtle and unnoticeable extra heat being consumed. Occasionally checking your controls and setting the heat to just what you need to keep warm (well, maybe just a little higher) will save you quite some cash at the end of the winter season.
We do not know everything if there are other ways by which heating systems can be well used in winter, drop them in the comment box so other readers can learn.

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