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Winter will be here before we know it, and today I am sharing how to balance the temperatures in your home with Trane to help you get ahead of the colder weather. I am not usually excited for winter but lets face it, once this year is over, we are that much closer to 2021 and hopefully can get back to a somewhat normal existence.
How to properly heat your home during the winter months
My dad has instilled in me since I bought my first home 25 years ago, that you must always get your heating and air conditioning units serviced every year. To this day, he is diligent about making sure our systems are serviced regularly.
I can remember when I bought my first house being freaked out by the furnace in my fieldstone basement. The basement was scary enough, never mind this big steel thing sitting in the middle of rocks in my 250-year-old home.
Talk about being intimidated!
There are so many myths surrounding heating systems and how they function in older homes like mine. I can remember calling my aunt and uncle in Maine who own an HVAC company and asking ridiculous on-going questions about my furnace because I knew nothing about it other than how important it is to help maintain my family’s comfort.
Looking back now, I am pretty sure my uncle would have strangled me during that time if he wasn’t 3 states away. -ha.
Test your heating system in the fall
We always turn our heat on sometime in October to make sure it’s working properly before the temperatures drop. There is nothing worse than cold air blowing out of your vents when it’s below freezing outside! Do not wait until the last minute to make sure your heating system is working properly.
I leave the repairs and yearly maintenance to the professionals, like a Trane Comfort Specialist, but it’s always good to educate yourself and know the common problems associated with your heating system. Being aware and knowledgeable will help you learn when to repair or replace your current system, and what will to benefit you over the longer term.
Once you’re confident your heating system is up and running properly, knowing how to balance the temperatures in your home will better help maintain your family’s comfort during the cold months and also help save money and conserve your energy usage.
Tips for heating your home without breaking the bank
Our house has high ceilings so one of the biggest problems we have is the amount of heat it requires to properly warm it. Not only do we struggle to keep all of the rooms comfortable but there is the added surprise of the monthly energy bill, as well.
So I was very interested to find that Trane has a great checklist to help you heat your home while lowering the energy bill. It’s suggestions include how to check your insulation, how to set your thermostat correctly to keep you warm and cozy and how to adjust the temperature for maximum efficiency. A simple tip they mention – flip the switch on your ceiling fans to change the rotation to a clockwise motion. The one move will push down the warm air that has risen to the ceiling and make the room feel warmer without moving the thermostat one degree.
We use oil to heat our home but I found this article by Trane, which features their gas furnace, very interesting. We have never heated with gas but I know many who do and love it.
Trane Residential a world leader in providing reliable air conditioning and home comfort solutions, provides a range of comfort solutions from furnaces and heat pumps to indoor air quality solutions. You may remember a couple months ago that I shared our tips on removing household allergens with a Trane HVAC system. There are so many great tips on that post, be sure to check it out if you missed it.
Whether you live in an older home like me or just moved into a brand new house and are about to face your first winter season, you can find a local Trane Comfort Specialist for any maintenance or product suggestion needs by clicking on the Trane website locator. ” Trane Comfort Performance Filter
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