A Necessary Heating Repair Service

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There are very few things that can be counted as better than stepping inside your home on a cold winter’s day and feeling that blast of warm air as it cures your once frozen and pained fingers. You stand there for a moment, waiting for the heat to take full effect and you eventually slide out of your winter apparel, surrendering yourself fully to the indoor heated sanctuary that you have created. It feels amazing to step into the heat, and it is something that all of us have experienced. There is one important thing to remember however, and it is that without a central heating system, and an efficient one at that, you would have trouble experiencing that sensation. Let’s talk a bit about the central heating system and what you must do to maintain it.

Understanding the Central Heating System

The heating system in your home generally consists of one large unit sitting in the basement, or in your closet if you do not have a basement. Of course, there is far more to it than just that metal monstrosity that you see at the center of your basement. Actually, the furnace connects to a series of ducts that run throughout your home, and of course it connects to the electrical system in your home. You could say that it is the heart of your entire home, which would be accurate.

Keeping your furnace running, and the thermostat functioning properly is of the utmost importance in any home. The idea behind the thermostat is to maintain a constant temperature within your walls as failure to do so could cause serious structural damage. If you want to see an example, all you have to do is walk into a home that has been sitting vacant for a very long time, and you will notice that the wood has warped, and the pain has begun to peel. For this reason, many homes will become condemned or at least declared unlivable if they sit vacant for too long without working utilities.

Understanding Efficiency

With any heating system you will need to focus on efficiency along with heat. Yes, heating is important, but it is also important to make sure you are not paying an arm and a leg for the service. There are a few factors in your home that you will want to take care of, though you should first take a look at the heating unit itself.

What is the AFUE rating on your furnace? Actually, what is AFUE? This is an acronym which stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency and it implies a thermal efficiency ratio between the amount of heat produced for the amount of fuel used. If you have a higher AFUE percentage then you have a higher efficiency. This, however, is only a small part of the efficiency puzzle. Let’s take a look at some of the items in your home.

Windows and DoorsThe windows and doors in your home may be susceptible for causing low efficiency. That may also sound a bit silly, but we couldn’t be more serious. Take a look at the material; are they made from metal? Are the borders made from metal? Metal is a conductive substance, and when heated, it will actually allow that heat to pass through. Vinyl or wood on the other hand are not conductors and they will serve to be more efficient.

Vents ThroughoutThroughout the entire house there should be vents cut into the floor. These will allow air to travel through the home through the ducts rather than through the larger space of the home. The more air that is pushed through the ducts the faster the thermostat will detect the proper heat level and disengage the system. This is one of the best ways to gain efficiency.

InsulationThis is the one that is difficult to verify simply because you cannot see it. If necessary, you may need to peel your drywall back and ensure that there is proper insulation, and you may even wish to upgrade from the typical pink foam to the more expensive spray foam which will serve you better in the long run.

These are just a few things that you will need to do if you are to remain efficient, so do your best to keep track of what is going on in your home, and make sure you have a highly efficient setup. Your utility bill will thank you for all of the hard work that you have been putting in, trust us. You, of course, will also be happier as you will have money for other things.

 

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