Now that fall is here and cold weather is just around the corner, you should be getting your Myrtle Beach heating system ready for the colder winter weather ahead, and you’re probably using your air conditioning system less and less. This is the perfect time to take care of air conditioning system maintenance for the winter and get your heating system ready for cold weather at the same time.
Remember last winter when tying to save energy and you felt like setting your thermostat higher but didn’t do so because of fear of how much it would add to your utility bills? Remember how you stayed uncomfortable all winter long just so you could keep your electric consumption to a minimum? With the fall season at hand and winter just around the corner, it pays to know how you can save energy this winter and keep your thermostat low while staying comfortable at the same time.
Here are some steps you can take to ensure your AC unit will be ready when the warm weather comes back around next Spring, and also to make sure your Myrtle Beach home heating system is all tuned up and ready for the cold days we’ll have this winter.
Seal up leaks and drafts
Your home loses much of its heat to air leaks and drafts. Simple sealing steps, such as caulking windows and sliding draft guards under your doors, can help you save as much as 20 percent on heating costs.
Use the sun for free heat
During the day, open the windows and curtains facing the sun to let sunshine into your home. When the sun goes down, close your window to keep the heat from escaping.
Stock up on warm accessories
To save energy on your heating costs this winter, instead of turning up the heat, wear heat-retaining clothes, then double it up with a sweater, jogging pants, and thick socks. Consider installing a rug to better insulate the floor, and keep throw blankets accessible so you can pick one up anytime you feel cold instead of cranking up the heat.
Only heat the rooms you’re using
If your heating system has vents in storage spaces that you don’t go into much during the winter months, seal off the vents in these places to focus your heating consumption in rooms that are actually used by people. If you don’t, you could be spending a lot of money on heat you never get to use. Keep in mind though, closing off vents in one or two rooms can also cause your system not to heat evenly, causing strain on your system to keep the temperature balanced in the rest of the house.
Aside from these tips, it can be extremely advantageous to have a heating and air conditioning professional check your home heating system and perform some maintenance on it. A maintenance service call not only ensures that the furnace or heat pump is operating optimally, it can also prevent the onset of costly repairs down the line and help you save energy this winter and be ready for Spring next season.
Call Swift Services Heating, Cooling & Electrical in Myrtle Beach SC today at 843-236-9060, or fill out our short form and someone will contact you as quickly as possible to answer any questions you may have about your Myrtle Beach heating and air conditioning system.