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Ways to Stay Warm and Save Energy This Winter

After a hot Carolina summer and fall, cool air is certainly a welcomed change. You may have pulled out the sweaters and coats, but is your home ready for the winter? Read below to learn about some simple ways to stay warm and save energy at the same time.

Open Blinds and Curtains During the Day in Indian Land, SC

Too often, people keep the blinds and curtains closed during winter months to try and keep the heat in their house. If your home is properly insulated, open the blinds and curtains so that they may allow the sun to enter and heat the room. Not only is sunlight good to combat the winter gloom, it won’t cost you anything to warm your home naturally.

Throw on Another Blanket and Lower Your Thermostat

While you may be tempted to turn up the thermostat when you feel cold, try a blanket instead. Keep some throw blankets on the couch and add another layer onto your bedding. You can stay warm and save money. Did you know you can save up to 10% per year on your heating bills by reducing your home’s temperature by one degree?

Reverse Your Ceiling Fan

A great way to beat the heat is to turn on ceiling fans, but did you know that ceiling fans can help keep you warm in the winter months too? Reverse the ceiling fan cycle so that it turns clockwise if you are looking up at the fan.  By doing this, the fan pulls the warm air up and circulates it around the room. Keep it at a low speed and make sure that it rotates clockwise.

Insulate Your Home in Fort Mill, SC

The best thing you can do to keep down heating costs during the winter months is to make sure your home is properly insulated. First, check your windows and doors for potential leaks. If needed, caulk around the windows and replace weather stripping.

Make sure the ducts in the attics and crawlspaces are properly insulated. Run your hand along the heating ducts for holes. If you feel warm air escaping, then you’ll need to have your ductwork sealed and insulated by a professional contractor.  

Change Your Filters

Replacing your filters is an inexpensive and a highly effective way to keep heating costs down. It’s also essential to caring for your furnace. Always remember, no matter what season, a clogged filter makes your heating and air units work harder and less efficient. Change your filters every three months at minimum.

Service Your Furnace in Rock Hill, SC

A regular maintenance schedule is necessary to maintain a safe and efficient furnace. Your certified HVAC technician at R & B Climate Control will inspect your furnace to ensure it is functioning to best of its ability.  If you need to schedule heating maintenance or have further questions, please contact us!

What Should Be Included in a Winter Heating System Tune Up?

It’s that time of year again. We go right from turkey and Black Friday to eggnog, gift wrapping, gingerbread houses, and, yep, you guessed it……it’s time to schedule your winter heating system tune-up. Wait, what? I know you just made it through the holiday rush, but don’t forget to schedule your winter heating system tune-up. It’s important that your certified HVAC technician from R & B Climate Control checks your heating system before there’s a problem.

Performing regular maintenance ensures that your heating system is operating efficiently; as well as, maximizing the lifespan of your furnace. Once you’ve scheduled an appointment, here’s what you can expect from your local experts at R & B.

Check All Limits and Safeties

Limit switches and safeties are a part of your heating system that prevents it from running beyond safe operating conditions. If a limit switch or safety is faulty on your heating system, it could allow your furnace to operate at unsafe levels. Your technician from R & B will first make sure that these components are in good working condition.

Check The Flue

Flues should be inspected regularly to check for damage, leaks, and improper installation.  Your furnace’s flue is the device that removes the bad gases (carbon monoxide) from your home during heating operation.

Check The Heat Exchanger

Rust, cracks, and other damage to the heat exchanger is potentially a very dangerous situation. Cracks in the heat exchanger can lead to improper furnace operation which can allow carbon monoxide to build up in your home.

Check The System’s Air Flow

Your R & B technician will check for a clogged furnace filter. Restricted air or limited airflow causes a heating system to run inefficiently. Whenever a system is not working efficiently, it can cause unnecessary wear and tear to the system and shorten the lifespan.  

Check Gas Pressure

Proper gas pressure is vital to your heating system’s performance Your technician will ensure that the connections are secure, and the gas pressure is at a correct level.

Inspect Burners and Clean, If Necessary

Debris, dust, and soot may build up on your burners and reduce the efficiency of your system. If the burners are dirty, your technician will take care of it.

Check Thermostat Operation

Our heating tune-up will ensure that your thermostat is operating properly and set up for proper operation. We will determine this by cycling the heating system.

Full Operational Test

Finally, your R & B Climate Control technician will put your system through a full operational and safety cycle.