Winter is a season of extremes. The weather can change quickly, and temperatures can drop to below zero degrees Fahrenheit. In most homes, the furnace is the main source of heat. This means that it’s important to keep an eye on your furnace in the winter to make sure that it’s running efficiently and safely. Here are some cold weather heater tips for using your unit this winter:
Check the filter
It’s important to check the filter regularly, as it can get clogged and reduce the efficiency of your heater. To check if your filter needs replacing, remove it from its housing and hold it up to the light so that you can see through it. If you can’t see through it clearly, then this means that there is dirt or other debris in there that needs cleaning out before reinserting into place again.
To clean a dirty filter:
- Use warm water with mild detergent – do not use any oils or chemicals!
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water after washing to remove all soap residue
Drain the lines
To prevent freezing, it’s important to drain the lines before winter. A garden hose can be used to drain the water from your outdoor faucets. If you have an outdoor faucet, use that instead of draining it through your indoor faucet; this will ensure that any air pockets in the lines are removed and prevent freezing from occurring inside your house.
Don’t forget to turn off the water supply before disconnecting any hoses because you don’t want any unwanted surprises like flooding!
Check the thermostat
If you’re having trouble getting your heater to work properly, the first thing to check is the thermostat. A faulty thermostat can cause all sorts of problems for your heating system, including:
- Setting a temperature that’s too high or too low for convenient use
- Sticking on “high” when it shouldn’t be running at all (or vice versa)
- Not turning off automatically when it reaches its desired temperature
Keep the heat off when you leave the house.
- Turn off the heat when you leave the house.
- Turn down the thermostat to a comfortable level and set it to turn on as soon as you return home.
- Don’t forget to turn it back on when you get back home.
Install ceiling fans for your home.
Ceiling fans are a great way to distribute heat throughout your home. They can also be used to help cool down a room, especially in the summer months when you want to bring down the temperature without turning on the air conditioning. Ceiling fans are also an inexpensive way of saving energy because they use less power than A/C units or heating systems do, so they’re worth considering if you want to reduce your utility bills while keeping warm during cold weather.
Ceiling fans come in many different styles and sizes, so whether you want something simple or elaborate with lights and other features (such as remote controls), there will be something available for you. We have several options available on our website for you to choose from at alamoaustinair.com/products.
Replace old insulation.
You need to seal the edges of your new insulation with tape and then install it in your attic or crawl space. It’s better to do this before winter begins than in the spring, when there will be more people working on their homes and causing dust particles in the air that could get into your lungs if you have an allergy or asthma condition.
If you live in an older home, consider having someone come out and check for drafts around windows and doors; if there are any leaks, they should be repaired before winter begins so that cold air doesn’t enter through those areas and make things worse!
Keep furniture away from radiators and vents to prevent overheating.
- Keep furniture away from radiators and vents to prevent overheating.
- Use a space heater if needed.
- Don’t use the heater in the bedroom, as this can cause skin irritation or breathing difficulties. It is also best not to leave it unattended while sleeping or when you are out of the house as they can cause fires if not properly maintained and used correctly (see below).
Use space heaters with caution.
Space heaters are a great way to keep warm in a small room, but they can be dangerous if not used properly.
- Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that could catch fire, such as curtains or furniture.
- Do not use a space heater if you’re sleeping or resting in an enclosed room (such as your bedroom). The concentrated heat from the unit could cause carbon monoxide poisoning and suffocation if it gets too close to where you’re sleeping or relaxing.
- Don’t use a space heater with an open window or door; this will allow cold air into the room and reduce its effectiveness as well as an increase the risk of fire by making sure there’s plenty of oxygen available for any flames produced by sparks created while using the device itself!
Cold weather is no reason to give up the comforts of home
If you’re looking for ways to keep your family warm and comfortable during the winter months, here are some tips for keeping your heater running efficiently:
- Make sure that the room temperature can’t be controlled by an individual in your house. This will help prevent anyone from turning off the heat when they want their own personal temperature setting (such as when they’re sleeping).
- Install an automatic timer that allows you to set specific times throughout the day where heat will be turned on automatically. This can help save money by keeping your home warm while everyone is away during work hours or school days.
There’s no reason to let the cold weather keep you from enjoying your home. By following these tips, you can keep your heater running efficiently and safely year-round. We hope these Cold Weather Heater Tips help you stay warm this winter season. You can always schedule an appointment with us to ensure your furnace is ready for winter. Click here or give us a call at 512-736-0145.