Gas and electric heating systems alike can run into problems no one wants to encounter over the holiday season—and when temperatures are at their lowest. Don’t risk safety issues, system breakdowns, and inefficiency. Avoid these common heating mistakes for a healthier system this season.
Any Possibility of a Safety Issue
The number one thing we worry about with our customers is safety. We have confidence that the systems we install and service operate safely, but it’s important to have a backup plan in case of failure. Our recommendations:
- Install carbon monoxide detectors, particularly near bedrooms.
- Have smoke detectors on every floor of the home.
- Test these devices each month.
- Schedule heating inspections with qualified technicians.
Using the Thermostat Too Frequently
When you adjust the thermostat over and over again, you really put some strain on the heating system. Usually, it’s better to find an efficient temperature that you can be comfortable with, and leave it here. The heating system will automatically adjust as needed. Most people do not really need temperatures to be any more than about 68°F. If you’ve got a smart thermostat, try locking down the settings so that holiday guests don’t make changes without permission.
Neglecting the Filter
The air filter in your home heating system should be changed once a month. This is a crucial aspect of heating maintenance (along with scheduling annual visits from qualified technicians). When you neglect the filter, it can become so clogged up that air cannot get through. This can lead to higher bills and, quite possibly, a broken-down system—all because of dirt!
Leaving the Heat on High All the Time
Don’t set it and forget it! During the holidays, it can be easy to forget to make adjustments to the thermostat as you run out for a last-minute shopping trip or even that big vacation. Turning down the temperature before you go, however, can save you a lot of money.
Make sure you understand the programming on your thermostat so that you can make changes ahead of time as needed for vacations. Otherwise, we recommend installing a smart thermostat you can control from your digital device. That way, you can make quick changes to the home’s temperature whenever you forget.
Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. offers complete heating services in La Plata, NM. Don’t waste your time with the run-around. Give us a call and let us do it right the first time!