5 Common Winter Heating Issues

Keeping cozy and warm at home is a top priority when the temperatures start to drop in the winter. The last thing you want to worry about is your Heating system. As the weather gets colder, watch out for these 5 common heating issues and be ready to take action.

It’s on, it’s off… it’s Heat Cycling

Next time you turn your heating system on, pay attention to how often is it turning on and off. It’s easy to get used to the sound of your system kicking on and off constantly, but we’re here to remind you that a well functioning system does do this.

It’s called heat cycling, and its a sign that something isn’t right with your heating system. It could be a bad thermostat or a sign of a dirty system blower. No matter the cause, heat cycling puts unnecessary strain on your system and your wallet.

Routine maintenance and a quick inspection can pinpoint and solve any issues causing your system to heat cycle.

Dry Air, Do Care

Winter brings dry air, which can be uncomfortable for your family and bad for your heating system. If you’re waking up with a dry throat and even drier skin, just know your heating system is suffering, too.

Dry air doesn’t hold heat as well as humid air, so you’re heating system has to work harder to keep your house warm. It’s rough on your system and your wallet.

To combat this, consider purchasing a humidifier to keep your family comfortable and ease the strain on your heating system.

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that can leak from even the newest of furnaces. It’s important to have protection from Carbon Monoxide in place because it is odorless, and therefore hard to detect.

If you don’t already have them, invest in Carbon Monoxide detectors to protect your family. If you already have them installed, follow the manual to test them at the beginning of winter to ensure they are functioning properly.

Hot Here, Cold There: Inconsistent Heating Everywhere

Last week my heat was set to 68 degrees. It was nice and toasty in the living room, but when I went to check on my toddler she was shivering in her crib. I had to keep the thermostat at 74 all night to keep her warm, while my husband and I felt like we were sleeping in a sauna.

Inconsistent heating is more than an inconvenience. It adds stress to your heating system, drives up utility bills, and someone in your house is always going to be too hot.

This common problem can be caused by poor insulation, cracks or openings around doors and windows, or dirty coils and filters. A quick inspection can find the root of the problem and regular maintenance can help prevent it from reoccuring.

Baby It’s Cold, Inside?

If your heating system is blowing cold air, you’ve got a problem. It could be something as simple as a dirty filter or an airflow blockage. We’ll know for sure once we take a quick peek at your system.

You’ve Got the (Heating) Problems, We’ve Got the Solutions

Griffin Heating & Plumbing has been serving the Greater Boston area for more than 30 years. Don’t let these common heating problems keep you from enjoying the cool winter weather. We can inspect your system and help prevent any of these things from happening remedy an issue you’re already experiencing.

To see all of the ways J Griffin Heating & Plumbing can help you stay warm this winter, give us a call at (781) 521-2188 or check out Facebook page.