We may have started a brand new year, but we’re well into the winter months! No one wants to be left in the cold, so it’s important to be proactive and take care of any common heating problems before they arise.
Here are 5 home heating problems that homeowners face during the winter, along with tips on how to prevent them!
1. Not Enough Heat
Heating issues are often caused by a lack of maintenance. If you haven’t had your heating system serviced in a while, it may not be working as efficiently as it should be. As a result, your home may not be getting enough heat.
If your heating system is too small, the only solution is to replace it with a bigger one. But if the heating system is properly sized, you can try adjusting the thermostat, cleaning the ductwork, or adding insulation to your home.
2. High Energy Bills
Have you noticed your energy bills going up, even though you’re not using any more heat than usual? Winter heating bills can be expensive, but they shouldn’t be through the roof.
If your heating bills are higher than normal, here are a few things you can do to lower them:
- Invest in a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat so you can control the temperature in your home more efficiently.
- Make sure your heating system is serviced regularly to ensure it’s running as efficiently as possible.
- Check the ductwork for leaks or damage and have them repaired by a heating professional.
- Add insulation to your home to keep the heat in and lower your energy bills.
- Make sure doors and windows are properly sealed to prevent drafts.
3. Uneven Heating
Uneven heating could be caused by the layout of your home or drafts coming in from outside.
If you have a two-story home, the upper level is likely to be warmer than the lower level because heat rises. If you have large windows, they might also be causing drafts and making the room colder.
4. Noisy Heating System
A heater will have a low hum when it’s running, but if you start to hear banging, popping, or other strange noises, there might be a problem with your heating system.
You can do a visual inspection of your heating system to see if there are any loose or worn-out parts, but it’s best to leave the diagnosis and repairs to a heating and cooling professional.
5. Pilot Light Keeps Going Out
If you have a gas furnace, one common winter HVAC problem is that the pilot light keeps going out. This can be caused by a drafty chimney or vent pipe, which lets cold air into the furnace and causes the little flame to go out. If this happens, you can simply relight the pilot light.
Lee Company has a qualified team of heating and cooling professionals who can troubleshoot home heating problems and get your system up and running again. Give us a call or visit us online at leecompany.com for all your winter heating needs. Stay warm!
Mark Kenney, Operations Manager At Lee Company – www.leecompany.com