Staying Warm this Winter
The cold weather has encompassed North Carolina quicker than usual this year, which is leaving homeowners searching for accessible ways to stay warm. While the winter weather can be brutal, there are plenty of measures that you can take to keep your home comfortable this season. Here are some tips on staying warm this winter from the professional HVAC technicians at Newcomb and Company.
Set Your Fan to Turn Clockwise
Have you ever noticed that your ceiling fan has the capacity to turn both counter-clockwise and clockwise? The default direction of your ceiling fan (usually counter-clockwise) will push air downwards, creating a windchill effect. However, the opposite setting is designed to circulate and redistribute the warmer air in your home. The next time your warm air begins to feel stale, consider reversing your ceiling fan to help keep your home warm.
Keeping your heating system working well is the key to staying warm this winter. By participating in regular HVAC maintenance, you can ensure that your system is ready for the winter weather. During maintenance visits, your HVAC professional will perform the manufacturer-recommended care that your unit needs. Your HVAC expert can also detect any issues with your system and repair them before they become costly problems. Not only does HVAC maintenance help you stay warm this summer, but it can also help you save money on your HVAC repairs while extending the lifespan of your system.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
Programmable and remote-controlled thermostats can make it easy and affordable to stay warm this winter. You can schedule your thermostat to sit at a bit lower during the day while you are away and program it to turn back on before you arrive home. This will help you ensure that your house is comfortable and warm when you arrive home each day without paying for heat that you are not home to enjoy.
Taking Advantage of Daylight
While the days may be shortening as winter approaches, you can still take advantage of the warmth that the sun provides. While the direct sunlight doesn’t actually make the temperature any warmer, it can make your home feel warmer by up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping your blinds and curtains open during the day can help you let in some of the natural warmth that the sunlight produces. This is a free and environmentally-friendly way to stay a little warmer this winter.
One seemingly-obvious way to stay warm this winter is to prevent cool air from coming indoors; however, this issue can be harder to detect than it may seem. You might not realize all of the gaps in your home that let your warm air escape to the outdoors. This often affects windows, doors, attics, ductwork, crawlspaces, and other spaces that can become vulnerable to inefficiencies. A home performance audit can detect these areas of inefficiency so that you can seal them before the winter weather settles in.
Contact Newcomb and Company
If your heater stops working, the experts at Newcomb and Company have the advanced skills and experience needed to get it working in no time! Our professionals even drive fully-stocked trucks to complete quick same-day repairs. This means that you won’t be left stuck out in the cold when you partner with our Raleigh or Wilmington heating system experts. Contact Newcomb and Company to schedule an appointment today!