Jan 20 2016

When winter arrives in Columbus, Georgia, and residents switch on their furnaces for the first time, many folks are surprised at the result. Instead of heat, cold air blows through the system, often accompanied by a bad smell. Following these winter heating tips will ensure that your furnace not only works when you need it most but works efficiently throughout the cold season.

Regular Maintenance

Almost 75 percent of the calls for furnace repair are due to lack of maintenance. The most effective way to avoid untimely and costly heating repair bills is to have seasonal tune-ups. Most manufacturers recommend tune-ups in the spring for the air conditioner and in the fall for the furnace. Cleaning the filter regularly is an important element of HVAC maintenance and can be done by the homeowner. Other heating maintenance, including testing for dangerous gasses, is best left to the professionals.

Insulate and Weatherstrip

An efficient heating and air conditioning system is only one part of creating a comfortable indoor environment. If your home is poorly insulated or has leaky doors and windows, you will feel drafts and cold spots in the living space. Cold air entering through cracks in the building frame causes the HVAC system to work harder, and energy efficiency declines. A home energy audit identifies leaks in the building shell. A professional auditor will show you where your home is losing energy in each room and make recommendations to improve energy efficiency. Adding insulation, weatherstripping and making other upgrades can save between 5 and 30 percent on energy bills.

Evaluate Your Heating System

If your HVAC system requires frequent repair or is more than 10 years old, it may be time to invest in a new unit. Your local HVAC contractor will discuss heating and cooling options that take into account fuel sources, your budget and your indoor comfort requirements.

For more information about effective heating maintenance and improving your indoor comfort, call Watley Heating and Air Conditioning at 706-561-6718.