Vancouver Heating Tips
Change Your Filter
Change or clean your filter on a monthly basis if you have a standard type filter.
Changing the filter in your heater on a monthly basis is important. An easy way to remember this is to change it when you pay your utility bill each month.
A good way of remembering is to make note whenever you pay your utility bill, change the filter at that time each month.
Annual Heating System Maintenance
Have your heating system serviced by a professional heating and air conditioning technician once per year.
Program Your Thermostat
Use a programmable thermostat to help reduce energy consumption and costs when you’re sleeping or not at home. We recommend setting the thermostat back 5 degrees when no one is home or everyone is sleeping. Milani provides programmable thermostats with “intelligent recovery” that can raise the heat your home to the desired temperature based on recent requirements.
Programmable thermostats can reduce energy usage and increase comfort for homeowners.
Circulate Air with Ceiling Fans
Set ceiling fans to gently blow air towards the ceiling. This will help circulate warm air that rises back down to areas where occupants can feel the warmth. Use the lowest speed setting on the fan to reduce drafts.
Open the Blinds
Let the light in! Open blinds and drapes that receive direct sunlight. The light from the sun can help heat rooms that receive direct sunlight – for free of course!
Close them after the sun goes down to help keep the heat in.
Install a Humidifier. Moister air feels warmer than dry air, so a humidifier can help you feel comfortable even though your thermostat is set at a lower temperature.
Prevent Heat Loss
Don’t let heat escape unnecessarily. Keep your doors and windows shut when the heat is on. If your home has a fireplace that you aren’t using, be sure the flue is closed and glass doors are in place to minimize heat loss. In addition to those bathroom ventilation fans, turn kitchen ventilation fans off when they aren’t needed.
Light a candle and set it near windows, doors and light fixtures and look for smoke moving in a horizontal direction. If you see it, that means you’ve spotted an air leak, and it likely means heat is escaping your home easily. To solve that problem, install some low-cost caulking or weather-stripping, or consider adding some insulating material.
Maximize Heat Output
Make sure all of your heating vents and baseboards are clear of obstructions and furniture to allow for maximum output from your heater.