Before you’re plagued with chattering teeth in a cold house, LimRic’s heating maintenance service professionals want to share some things that will keep you toasty warm this season. A heating technician is responsible for maintenance, repair, and installation of your heating system. Your heat is important to your safety and comfort in your home or office building – don’t let wear and tear go unnoticed before you’re shivering.
HVAC: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning – exactly our expertise at LimRic. LimRic is here to offer you many solutions to your home heating needs. From heat pumps, furnaces, and boilers to commercial heating or rooftop units, we have you covered. With 24/7 service, our technicians are ready to help you with any problem, be it maintenance or emergency. Our trucks are stocked to make sure you get what you need on our first trip out to you. You won’t be bundling up much longer if you give us a call for your home heating needs.
1. Seal Up Doors and Windows
Your Doors and Windows can account for as much as 10-11% of your heating loss each year. Small cracks still leak measurable heat loss, so checking the seals and caulking on windows and doors should be on your priority list as the colder months creep in. Corners and edges are the common culprits – making sure everything lays flush and tight will help keep the warm air inside, where it matters most. This will not only save your heat but your wallet as well, with less heating energy wasted to the outside of your abode.
2. Small but Mighty Sockets
Electrical Outlets and sockets are other leaky sources of home heating loss. A heating contractor recommends that you insert foam gaskets to block this potential source of heat and energy loss. Replacing broken or loose plates and fixtures will also make sure that there are no cracks or crevices that are adding to the issues.
3. Recessed Lighting
Of all the causes for home heating loss, recessed lighting is a whopper, accounting for up to 13% of your heat. The improper installation allows this popular decorating style to become a vacuum to your wallet. The cans inserted into the ceiling are often not insulated or lined properly – and as heat rises, it keeps heading up through the fixtures. Unintentionally heating your attic is probably not on your agenda. Having your lighting checked annually by a heating maintenance technician can help stifle this issue with weather stripping installation to make sure your recessed lighting is rectified.
4. Air Conditioners
While the cold may be bitter enough to make you wish for summer, leaving your window AC unit in can provide the perfect opening for icy drafts to make their way in. By the time you turn on your heat for the winter, your window units should be stored in a clean, dry place so that your window opening isn’t contributing to home heating loss. A certified HVAC technician can help with this transition to ensure both are in working order as the seasons have you switching from air conditioners to heaters.
5. Fireplaces and Chimneys
While a fireplace may be intended to keep you warm this winter, it can be detrimental to preserving your heat inside this winter if it’s not set up properly. When a fireplace is not in use, a damper is an internal shelf that is closed to block air from traveling through the fireplace into or out of your home. That’s right, your fireplace could be the source of your heating loss! You may want to schedule an inspection of your fireplace to make sure your damper isn’t sending your heating costs up, up and away. As heat rises, it’s a natural tendency for your heat to find such outlets to escape. Closing your fireplace damper after each use is a valuable habit to get into to preserve your heat where it should be.
LimRic’s exceptional service and expertise have been serving the Charleston community for over 50 years. When it comes to making sure your heat stays where it should be, put your trust in a company that can provide exceptional service as fast as you need it. Our heating contractors will search your entire premises for possible sources of home heating loss – and then help you make the repairs or adjustments that will do the most for your comfort and costs!
Call LimRic today to schedule an inspection with our service professionals for all your heating maintenance needs!