Making The Most Of Your Home's Heating

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If you or your family have ever complained that your home was cold in the winter even though the furnace was blowing, then the problem may not lie within the HVAC system itself. There are a few ways to ensure that the heat your furnace produces is actually reaching and staying where it's intended, and not being lost to outside influences. With a little detective work, and an investment in your home, you'll be able to ensure that you're getting everything you're paying for whenever your furnace turns on.

Do Your Detective Work

A complete home renovation isn't likely to be as cost effective as a targeted fix, so bring in a heating professional, such as Maryland Oil Company, to give your home a thorough inspection. Starting from the furnace and working outward, there are any number of factors at play which could be hindering the performance of your HVAC system. Resolving these smaller issues can often end up addressing the heat deficit you're experiencing.

Failing heating coils are a common problem, especially in older heating units, and replacing them is far less expensive than replacing the entire furnace. Faulty duct lines can also prevent heat from reaching its destination effectively, and repairing them is always going to be less expensive than completely replacing the ductwork. Beyond this, there are a few things you can do to retain more heat and use that heat more efficiently in your home.

Keeping the Heat

Just because your furnace can bring the heat doesn't mean it's doing you any good, and to ensure that it is there are a few things you need to do to make the most of it. The easiest is to simply engage your ceiling fans if you have them, using the lowest setting possible. This will help to circulate the air in your home, mingling the cooler air from the floor with the warmer air that collects near the ceiling. The result will be a more evenly heated home and more efficient overall heating.

In addition to keeping the heat where you actually need it it's also important to keep it inside the house, so make sure that any heating evaluation of your house also targets heat loss. Cool drafts around windows and doors are often a sign of inadequate insulation and should be covered with window film until a permanent fix can be implemented. A good long term solution is expansive foam insulation, which will fill any void it's applied to and create a thermal barrier that will keep your HVAC from benefitting the outside as much as the inside of your home.

Resolving problems with your home's heat isn't always limited to your heating system. While you can find and address problems there to improve your home's heating efficiency it's important to look beyond your furnace to find the real source of your problem.

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