7 Different Ways to Heat Your Home

Heating your home is a necessity in the winter months (as well as for early spring). However, heating your home to your desired temperature can get quite expensive. If you’re looking to lower your monthly heating bills, learn to heat your home by other means.

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  1. Curtain Manipulation – Drawing your curtains during certain times of the day can help your home stay warm. During the day, draw your curtains to allow the sunlight to warm your house. However, at night you should draw the curtains back to trap the heat inside of your home.
  2. Rugs on Wood – For those with hardwood flooring, lay out area rugs throughout the house. These rugs will prevent warm air from escaping your home via the floorboards. Not to mention that rugs are a warmer surface to walk on than hardwood.
  3. Additional Insulation – A home without the proper amount of insulation will lose a considerable amount of heat. Have your home’s insulation inspected by professionals and add more where needed (especially in the attic).
  4. Draftstopper – Some doors in your home won’t perfectly fit their frames and a gap will exist between the bottom of the door and the floor. Rather than allowing warm air to escape through this gap, slide a draftstopper under here to close the gap.
  5. Ceiling Fan – Ceiling fans aren’t just meant to cool you down, they can also mix the cool air in a room with the warm air that’s risen to the top of the room. Simply reverse the rotation of your ceiling fan so it spins in a clockwise direction.
  6. Zone Heating – By utilizing the zone heating feature on your programmable or smart thermostat, you’ll be able to heat specific rooms in your home. This will result in a ton of savings as you won’t be heating the rooms that aren’t as lived in as much like the kitchen, living room, or master bedroom.
  7. Heating Service – HVAC systems can experience problems throughout their lifespan and should be repaired as soon as possible. In order for your heating system to work as efficiently as possible, annual tune-ups and the repairing of malfunctioning of parts is required. Doing both of these will lower your heating bills considerably.

Being able to heat your home shouldn’t put you into debt every time you go to pay your bills. When your home heating system needs repair, service, or replacement, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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How to Prep Your Home for a Winter Vacation

Who said vacations were only meant for the summertime? Whether you’re heading on vacation for a warmer climate or you just need a break from real life, sometimes you just need to get away. Before you leave for your winter vacation, make sure you properly prep your home.

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  1. Unplug – When you’re heading away for a few days (or longer), there’s no need to keep certain electrical devices plugged in. Pull the plug on devices such as your televisions, device chargers, computers, etc.
  2. Water Main – Nothing is worse than coming home from vacation to see your home flooded thanks to a plumbing accident. To avoid having one, head to your main water shutoff valve and turn it to the off position. Proceed to open each faucet in the house and allow them to drain and drip dry.
  3. Refrigerator Dump – What’s the sense in leaving perishable food in your refrigerator if no one is around to eat it? Before heading off, go through the food in your refrigerator and throw out (or freeze) what would otherwise spoil while you’re gone.
  4. Hot to Warm – You home’s hot water heater should be set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit no matter what. If yours is not, take the time to do that right now. Whether it’s already been set to this degree or not, go ahead and lower the setting a little more for the time being.
  5. Turn It Down – Turning the heat down when you’re not there is obvious, but refrain from turning it off altogether. Leaving your home without any heat can leave your plumbing pipes at risk of freezing and possibly bursting. Instead, set your thermostat into the mid-50s and rest easy knowing a lower energy bill is right around the corner!

You have your bags packed and the car is warming up, just make sure everything in your home is prepped before you hit the road. When you need an HVAC technician to take a look at your heating system before or after your vacation, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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Heating: How to Bring Your Bills Down

Nothing feels better than turning the heat up in the middle of winter to feel nice and toasty! However, turning the heat up too much can hit you right where it hurts — your wallet. Luckily, there are a few ways you can slash your heating bills without sacrificing your comfort.

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Conscious of Exhaust Fans
Running your bathroom’s exhaust fan while you take a hot shower is recommended to remove any moisture in the air to help prevent mold growth. However, running this exhaust fan for longer than is needed will actually remove some of the warm air from your home. This will cause your heating system to work harder and longer to try and replace the warm air that’s being sucked out of the bathroom.

Toilet Paper Test
This may sound a tad bit strange, but bear with us for a second. Rip off a sheet of toilet paper and head to the nearest window. Hold the piece of paper in front of the frame of the window. If the paper moves even the slightest, your window frame will need to be sealed. Opt for weatherstripping around the frame of the window, but also inspect for any cracks that need to be sealed with a caulking sealant.

Annual Service
Having your furnace serviced by a professional once per year is recommended to make sure everything is working the way it should be. The last thing you want is for your furnace to break down due to a broken part that you didn’t know about. A tune-up will also help it perform at its most efficient level.

For those struggling to lower their heating bills (even with the temperature set into the 60s), adopt some of these heating tips. When your furnace need repair or replacement, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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Why Your Furnace is Making a Rattling Noise

As a homeowner, if you have a forced air HVAC system, you are lucky enough to have an efficient heating and cooling system in your home. While these HVAC systems are regarded as one of the best to have, they do have many working parts. With more parts comes the potential for more frequent noise (if any do happen to malfunction or break).

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Noises You Can Ignore
A forced air heating system can sometimes make a loud booming noise when it starts up or shuts down, with a rattling noise that can follow. These noises are normal as they’re usually coming from the ductwork as it expands and contracts with the temperature adjustments. If your furnace is located in an unheated space like the basement or attic, these noises are to be expected. However, call a technician if these sounds seem to be getting louder and occur more frequently.

Parts to Check
If the rattling noise lingers on past the initial startup or shutdown, you should check on a few different parts within the furnace. Make sure there are no loose parts, replace any worn bearings, change out any old or dirty filters, ensure the gas valve is completely open and not faulty, inspect the motor, and inspect each register for blockages or damage.

Maintaining Silence
First things first, have your furnace inspected and serviced by a professional annually. At the beginning of each month, change out the air filter for a new one. Forgetting to change air filters can impede the flow of air, causing the system to work harder and your bills to skyrocket. Finally, if you notice a strange sound or that something is off with your heating system, call a technician to inspect it. Fixing a small problem now can save you big money down the road.

Furnaces do make noises, but some noises should be viewed as a signal to call your local HVAC technician. When you need your furnace, serviced, repaired, or replaced, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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How Central Heating Works

Is it time to replace your current heating system with one that’s more efficient and reliable? Do your homework and consider your options instead of replacing your old heating system with just any new model. For those interested in central heating, here’s how this HVAC system works.

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The System Itself
The most common heat source for central heating systems are furnaces. Inside of the furnace are four main components that help create the warm air that comes out of the air vents.

  1. Burners – Deliver and burn the fuel (gas or oil)
  2. Heat Exchanger – Heats the air inside of the furnace
  3. Blower – Pushes the warm air into the ductwork for distribution through the air vents
  4. Flue – The exhaust of the furnace for gaseous by-products.

How It Works
When the heating system is turned on, the fuel will enter the furnace where it will be burned by the furnace’s burners. This powers the heat exchanger that will warm the air that is being blown into it. Once the warm air has been created, it will be forced into the home’s ductwork by the blower. From here the warm air will be dispersed throughout the house via the air vents.

Central heating is one of the most efficient heating systems available and is a perfect choice for those looking for a replacement. If your current heating system is an outdated dinosaur, contact Airtech of Stamford for replacement options. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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