Almost every home in the United States has a heating system. Unfortunately, many homeowners and renters do not know much about it. This inevitably creates an issue when a repair is needed and the occupant needs to communicate the problem.
Aside from making communication with your HVAC company easy, learning a bit more about your heater might allow you to perform small repairs and maintenance tasks.
We’re going to take a quick look at your heating system to explain some of the more important details. Keep reading for more information!
There is More Than One Type of Heater
The term ‘heater’ is a catchall term that describes any device or appliance that warms your home. The most common type heater is a furnace, but there are several other kinds that you may know of:
- Boilers – These systems heat water and pipe in through your home to radiate heat.
- Furnaces – As mentioned, these are the most common type of heater. They used combustion to create heat and are often powered by oil, gas, or electricity. The heat that they create is blown through your home via ductwork.
- Heat pumps – These systems use electricity and refrigerant to transfer heat from the outside to the inside.
- Space heaters, radiant floor heating, and ductless mini-split systems can also provide warmth, but for the purpose of this article, we will focus on the first three.
Although every type of heater is different, there are ways to run each one efficiently.
Don’t Close Those Vents!
A common misconception about saving money on your heating bill is that you can close the vents to rooms not in use to ‘redirect’ the heat.
In theory, this is a great option. In practice, it doesn’t quite work out. Closing your air vents simply puts undue pressure on your heater and your ductwork.
The heater works harder than it normally would in order to combat the pressure created by the sealed vents. It will struggle to pull air from doors and windows to keep running making it work that much harder. Your ductwork will have more air than normal being pushed through which can cause leaks over a long period of time.
Here’s How to Actually Save Money
If you can’t close your vents to save money on heating, how do you prevent sky-high electric bills?
There is a simple solution: Call Sky HVAC to inspect and tune-up your heater before the cold temperatures of winter hit.
In addition to this, consider adjusting your thermostat, running your ceiling fans in reverse, changing your air filters regularly, and ensuring there are no air leaks in your doors or windows. Even if you choose to only do a few items on this list, you will definitely see a decrease in your monthly energy bill.
Preparing For The Winter Months
Taking the time to learn about your heater is a great way to start preparing for the winter months–and you just took that step! Next up: Call Sky HVAC to schedule an appointment.
We can help ensure your heater doesn’t leave you freezing in the middle of the night. Finally, if you’ve learned something about saving money on your heating bill, take a minute to share this article!