Preparing for cold weather is vital if you want to avoid costly heating bills and cooler indoor temperatures. Although the Las Vegas, Nevada, area doesn’t experience drastically cold temperatures, you need to be aware of common winter heating issues.
Carbon Monoxide Leaks
Each year, about 10,000 cases of accidental carbon monoxide-related injuries occur. A colorless and odorless gas, carbon monoxide can leak from your furnace, particularly if it’s an older unit. One of the best ways to circumvent this potential issue is to have your furnace inspected annually. You can also place a carbon monoxide detector nearby to alert you if there’s too much carbon monoxide in the air.
During winter months, you might notice the air becomes drier. Dry air does not hold as much heat, so you may find that your furnace works harder to heat the house. You can purchase a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
Perhaps you notice that your furnace turns on and off more frequently. This is called short-cycling, and it lowers your system’s efficiency and raises your heating bills. It might be due to a malfunctioning thermostat or an excessively dirty blower or filter. Check your filter and take a look at your thermostat. If the thermostat is broken or placing a clean filter doesn’t fix the issue, call a professional.
When you have inconsistent heating, it might be due to poor insulation or holes and cracks around doors and windows. Replace the weather stripping around doors and windows, keep the vents open, and check your furnace filter to see if it needs replacing.
Don’t wait until cold temperatures hit to have your HVAC system serviced. Call Aloha Air Conditioning today at 702-623-0829 to schedule an appointment. We can determine the problem and offer the best solution, whether it involves a repair or furnace replacement.
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