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Help Your Home Heating Cope With Frigid Winter Weather

Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating and Cooling offers tips to keep home heating systems functioning.

The arctic weather blasting the local area this winter is tough on more than just people and animals. Such extreme temperatures impact a home and a furnace’s ability to keep occupants warm. Homeowners can, however, take steps to support their homes’ critical heating systems.

According to the experts at Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, there are important points homeowner should consider when dealing with sub-zero temperatures.

“The single most important thing is actually to change your filter,” said Bobby Johnson, sales and marketing manager at Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

Johnson notes that the HVAC system serves as the lungs of any home, and the filter helps keep a house breathing freely. Golden Rule sees some service calls that could have been avoided simply by making sure the furnace had a clean filter.

“Imagine trying to run a marathon while breathing through a straw!” said Johnson.

Golden Rule recommends the following schedule for changing furnace filters: for a one-inch paper filter, change it monthly and every three months for both a four-inch paper or one-inch electronic filter.

With snow blowing, check that exterior exhaust vents are clear. Snow drifts covering a vent prevents the furnace from working properly.

“It can sometimes even backfire, producing a loud booming sound,” noted Johnson.

Contrary to a homeowner’s normal impulse, raising the thermostat might not make the house any warmer. Lower it, and consider keeping it set around 68 degrees.

“In extreme cold weather, your furnace will obviously need to run longer. By lowering your thermostat, you can decrease the gap between indoor and outdoor temps,” said Johnson, which can keep heating systems from struggling as much.

Add an extra layer of clothes or blanket instead. Also, install a humidifier, especially a whole-home unit wired to the furnace so it adds humidity throughout the home.

“A whole humidifier will not only help your home hold heat better, but it also has adds benefits of eliminating static electricity, dry, itchy skin and nose bleeds,” Johnson added.

Of course, regular maintenance is essential to keeping any home heating system in optimal working condition. According to Golden Rule, the entire system should be professionally inspected yearly for proper cleaning and maintenance. At Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, such checks can be part of its annual maintenance packagee. This Gold Club Membership is available for $99 and covers 12 months.

Of course, Golden Rule technicians do their best to answer emergency calls as quickly as possible when heating systems fail in this dangerous weather. Following these simple tips, however, can help reduce home heating emergencies.

To inquire about a Gold Club membership or to schedule an inspection from Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, call 515-305-2955