Winter Heating Mistakes: Cranking Heat, Blocking Sun

Winter Heating Mistakes: Cranking Heat, Blocking Sun

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the most common heating mistakes that are often made during the winter season each year. While we know home and building owners mean well in the various ways they go about HVAC maintenance, there are certain behaviors (or lack thereof) that create more problems than they actually solve.

At Airtime Heating & Cooling, we offer trusted HVAC solutions for clients around Utah, including both heater repair and heater replacement during the cold winter. We also help steer our clients clear of common mistakes in the heating realm, most of which are simple enough to understand. Here are a few more good examples, plus how to make sure you don't fall victim to them.

Cranking the Heat for "Faster" Warm-Up

When the home is colder than usual, whether you've just returned home from a long trip or have mistakenly programmed the wrong thermostat settings (more on this in a moment), there's a tendency from some to assume that if they crank their heater up as high as possible, it will take less time to get the home to the ideal temperature.

Not only is this incorrect, it's also a great way to increase your energy bill while also damaging your system over time. Instead, set the thermostat to a basic temperature and allow your heater to work at its own pace — it will get there with no issues. These systems do not have the option of heating "faster," and rather heat at only a single pace. You can't rush it!

Blocking Sunlight From Entering

During the winter period, the sun is your friend when it comes to heating your home. That's why you want to allow as much natural sunlight as possible into the home, both from windows and other potential entry points. Sunlight doesn't just help warm the environment, but it can also reduce the reliance on an artificial HVAC system.

Taking this a step further, you should avoid blocking any of this sunlight from entering. That means no thick curtains or blinds, at least for the winter months — just keep your windows open and clear so you can maximize the sun's energy.

Ignoring Drafts or Cold Spots

Finally, if you're noticing any cold spots or drafts in the home, do not ignore them. This is a sign that a portion of your system isn't working as it should (or isn't installed properly), and could be leading to further HVAC issues down the line if left unchecked.

For best results, you'll want to hire an experienced heating and cooling technician to inspect your system and determine the source of the issue. In most cases, this could range from a loose connection in the ductwork all the way up to a faulty component — you won't know until you have it checked out.

By following these tips, as well as those listed in part one, you can stay on top of your heating system and make sure it works as effectively as possible throughout the cold winter months. Trust Airtime Heating & Cooling for all of your heater repair and replacement needs! Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.

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