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5 Tips to Prepare Your San Diego Heating System for Winter


warm house1. Get Annual San Diego Furnace Tune Ups

Regular maintenance for your San Diego heating system is priority number one.

Regular furnace tunes ups are important for safety and they extend the life of your furnace. Think about it just like servicing your car. When the systems are tuned-up and running most efficiently, drivers often save on gas, in this case, energy. When you don't take care of your car and the result is a breakdown, the cost to repair is typically much higher than the maintenance would have been. The same goes for your home's heating system. Get your maintenance done during the pre-season, so you don't end up left in the cold when everyone is calling for help in the middle of a surprise cold front.

2. Help Your San Diego Heater with Proper Insulation

Check your weatherstripping, caulking, and insulation.

Aside from regular maintenance, these can be the most cost-efficient ways to cut home heating costs. A lot of heat can be lost through ceilings, windows, doors, ducts, and even electric wall plugs and switches. If you feel drafts around your windows or doors, add weatherstripping or caulk any holes. If the draft is severe, you may want to consider replacing the window or door. The energy savings will be worthwhile. The same goes for plumbing ducts which can be the worst since they begin beneath the floor and go all the way to the roof. You may want to call in a professional San Diego plumbing technician to make sure these are sealed correctly. A home that is improperly sealed can waste 15% in heating costs. If you feel cool air coming through electric sockets and switches, you can install pre-cut foam gaskets behind the switch plates. Finally, don't forget to close the damper on your fireplace when it is not in use. Check the insulation in your attic. Before energy efficient standards were introduced, homes were typically built with little to no insulation. Heat rises, so a lot of heat tends to escape through the ceiling without proper insulation. In San Diego, the required insulation standard for newer homes is R-38 (ceilings) and R-19 (walls and floors). Don't forget to seal and insulate the hatch door and seal any holes that lead into the house.

3. Use a Set Back Thermostat

In older homes, consider installing a set back thermostat to control your San Diego Heating System.

Newer homes are required to have them. A set back thermostat allows you to turn down the heat while you're away or sleeping. It takes more energy to maintain warm temperatures all day than to warm a cool home when needed. This could save you 20-75% in heating costs!

4. Unblock Heating System Vents

Make sure all heater vents are opened and unblocked by furniture or other items.

This seems like a no-brainer, but homeowners often forget about furniture or stored items that get shuffled around throughout the year and end up blocking vents. This causes heat to be unevenly distributed, possibly leaving the area near the thermostat cooler than the rest of the home.

5. Reverse Ceiling Fans to Relieve the Furnace

Help your furnace work smarter, not harder.

Obviously, you don't want a downward cooling draft in the winter, but rather than turning the ceiling fans off, reverse them so the air blows upward. Heat naturally rises and then is forced back down into the room. This works especially well in rooms with high ceilings.

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