Tips to Keeping Your House Warm

  1. Close off unused rooms. Shut the doors to theses rooms and close the vents. There’s no use heating rooms that you rarely or never use.
  2. Let the sun shine in. During the daytime, you can raise the temperature of your house significantly by opening up the blinds, drapes, or shades on sunny days. You’ll enjoy the heat, the natural sunlight from Mother Nature and save money when you’re heating system isn’t running.
  3. Keep your heating system in good working order. At Bays Heating & Cooling, we recommend that you have your heating system checked at least once a year to make sure everything is operating at peak efficiency. You also want to change or clean filters frequently, to help your heating system run more efficiently.
  4. Seal your air ducts and hot water systems. Lots of heat can be lost through hot water pipes, your hot water heater and ductwork throughout your home. You can buy a hot water insulated blanket to reduce from standby hot water, and it’s also recommended you wrap any hot water pipes you can access easily.
  5. Insulate, insulate, insulate. The first place to add insulation is in the attic. , and then crawl spaces, floor joists, and anywhere else heat may escape from your home’s interior.
  6. Check window and vent openings. Use a smoke pencil or incense stick to see where air may be leaking around windows, vents, light fixtures, and other openings. Seal these gaps with caulking and/or insulation and if you still have single pane windows, it might be time to explore getting double pane windows.
  7. Weatherstrip your doors. Use the same smoke tests to see if warm air is escaping through poorly sealed doors. If so, install weatherstripping in the door opening to reduce heat loss, to keep your house warm.
  8. Change out your old thermostat. There’s no reason you shouldn’t have a programmable thermostat in your house. This allows you to set the heater at a lower temperature during times when you are not at home or awake.

Maintenance

  1. Why is it necessary to have an Annual Preventative Maintenance Agreement?
    Having your systems checked and cleaned to help ensure your system is performing well and keeps the system running at high efficiency.
  2. How often and when should I have my HVAC systems serviced?
    Typically twice per year, your AC should be checked in the spring and Furnace in the fall. It’s important to make sure both systems are working properly before the weather outside hits an extreme.
  3. Is an Annual Preventative Maintenance Agreement worth the money?
    By signing an annual agreement for just a small amount, you’ll save big on energy bills. You’ll also be able to find any small issues before they become costly repairs.

Air Filters

  1. Why is an air filter important to my HVAC systems?
    Your home is mostly made of trapped air that contains dust, pollen and just about everything in between. Having an air filter manages the amount of those elements being spread around and keeps your home’s air cleaner to breath.
  2. How often should I change/clean my air filter?
    Most filters should be changed/cleaned every 3-6 months. However, if you aren’t using a high efficiency filter, it may need to be changed more often.

System

  1. How long do most new systems last?
    On average, if a system is serviced regularly they will last around 10-20 year (AC 12-15 and furnace around 20).
  2. How can I tell which system is right for me?
    Give us a call! If you’re looking for a new system, a certified professional from Bays can come to your home and help you make the decision. Plus, new installation estimates are FREE!
  3. Are bigger systems better?
    No, not necessarily. Typically a bigger AC will cool your home fast, but will be less energy efficient and won’t be able to manage humidity as well. A bigger system is also more likely to break down more quickly due to short run cycles. Similarly, larger heating systems can warm more quickly but are not nearly as efficient.