While it may not officially be winter until December 21, the weather outside definitely says otherwise. As the cold temperatures make their way across New Jersey, residents are closing their windows and turning on their heaters in order to stay warm and cozy within their homes. During the harsh winter months, your heater is a blessing that you shouldn’t take for granted, and it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure that it functions properly all winter long. We proudly serve residents of New Jersey by offering expert HVAC maintenance, replacements, and repairs. Whether you have a problem with your heating system, you need a quote for the cost of a new furnace, or you want to schedule routine maintenance, our team can provide you with all of the services you need. Browse our website to learn more, and contact our expert HVAC contractors today to schedule your appointment.

Many people often don’t think about their heating system until it stops working, and the last thing you want is for your heater to stop working on one of the coldest days of the year. In order to ensure that your heating system is performing properly, there are a few mistakes you should avoid, and in this two-part series, we will discuss some of the common mistakes people make with their heating systems. If you notice that your system is not doing its job, despite your best efforts, contact our HVAC company to schedule an appointment right away.

Mistake #1: Installing a New Thermostat Yourself

With so many types of thermostats available on the market, many people are switching out their old thermostats for those with amazing new features. Whether you choose a thermostat that you can control with an app, or you choose a programmable thermostat that helps make your home more efficient, it’s a good idea to call a professional when you decide to replace your old system. Most thermostats come with instructions that are easy to follow, leading homeowners to believe that replacing their device is a simple DIY project. However, not all thermostats will be compatible with your heating system. If you want to avoid further problems, it’s best to leave the electrical work to the professionals.

Mistake #2: Leaving Your Windows Unlocked

You may be thinking that leaving your windows unlocked sounds like a safety hazard, and you’re not wrong. That being said, there are situations in which you may forget to lock your windows after letting in some fresh air, or maybe you don’t always lock windows on the second or third floors of your home. With that in mind, there are a few reasons why you should make sure to lock your windows, especially during the winter. For one, locking your windows can help protect your home and keep both you and your family safe from harm. Another reason to lock your windows during the winter is because the small act of locking the window actually helps to keep out any cold air that may be looking for a way to seep inside your warm home.

Mistake #3: Heating an Empty House

It’s no secret that many people choose to travel during the winter season, especially during the holidays. If you live in a state that gets extremely cold during the winter, like New Jersey, you may decide to take a vacation to a warmer climate to give yourself a chance to thaw. There are a lot of things that you need to do to prepare for your vacation, from booking your flights and hotels to ensuring that someone will stop by to check on your pets. Among the hustle and bustle of preparing for your trip, your heating system is often overlooked. One costly mistake that homeowners often make is heating an empty home. Instead of wasting money and energy heating an empty home, you can easily program your thermostat to lower the temperature while you are away from your house. This rule applies to times when you are going on vacation, as well as during the day when you are at work.

However, another mistake that many homeowners make is turning their furnace off completely when they won’t be home for an extended period of time. Turning your heating system off may seem like a good idea to conserve energy, but it may result in frozen or burst pipes. A better solution is to turn your thermostat down to 55 or 60 while you’re not home. Keeping it at this temperature will keep your energy bills low and also keep your pipes from freezing.

Schedule Your Annual Inspection

Even if you do your best to avoid the mistakes listed above, it’s also important to schedule an annual inspection of your heating system. If you haven’t scheduled your inspection for this year, contact us to schedule your appointment as soon as possible. We are always ready and willing to help residents of New Jersey, so give us a call today! In the meantime, keep an eye out for part two of our series.

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