While it’s getting chilly outside, inside your home should be toasty and warm thanks to your gas ducted heating system, right?
If you’ve been thinking that you’re not getting the best out of your gas ducted heating, we have some great tips to get everything into top shape.
Tip 1: Don’t turn your gas ducted heating up high when you get home
If you’ve been out all day and come home to an icy house, it’s tempting to whack your thermostat up high, stick a jumper on and wait for everything to thaw out. However, by setting the thermostat temperature to between 18 and 22 degrees, and letting it warm the house over the course of the day, you’ll have a much more comfortable experience when you arrive back in the evening. In addition, closing your curtains will help keep the heat contained… however, if you have a large window that captures the afternoon sun, keep the curtains open to let some natural solar power lend a bit of warmth!
Tip 2: Zone your home
Have a room in your house that you don’t really use during the week? It’s a great idea to zone your home, which simply means shutting off the gas ducted heating or cooling in certain areas, such as the spare bedroom which you only use when friends or family come to stay (but don’t forget to switch it back on when they’re with you!). This way, you can keep the rest of the house warm and welcoming, while also saving on your heating bills. Zoning can only be done with 4, 5 or 6-star heaters (if you’re not sure if your gas ducted heating can be zoned then please give us a call to get more information).
Tip 3: Stop Leaks
An incredible amount of energy (and money!) is wasted on heating rooms where heat is simply escaping through gaps in the walls and doors. Just as you’d make sure your front door is closed while you’ve got the heating cranked up, you should also check your windows for any cold air that’s leaking in or draughts sneaking in through the gaps underneath doors. Another thing that it’s important to consider is your evaporative cooling system… closing the louvers in the ceiling vents will stop hot air from escaping.
Tip 4: Get to know your thermostat
If you don’t already have one, you should upgrade your thermostat to be programmable. A programmable thermostat means you can set and forget… the timer will switch the ducted heating on before you get up in the morning, then switch itself off when you’ve left for work and school. Of course, at the end of the day, your programmable thermostat will warm up the house before you open the front door in the evening, giving you a comfortable, welcoming evening to look forward to!
Tip 5: Get a gas ducted heating service
Of course, it’s essential to get your gas ducted heating service so it runs efficiently, saving you time and money. However, it’s vital to get your gas heating serviced in order to keep you and your family safe from carbon monoxide leaks and the risk of fire from dust build up. Sadly, several people have died from carbon monoxide leaks – a gas which is odourless and colourless, therefore difficult to detect – and our team have attended many homes where dust buildup has resulted in a gas ducted heating unit catching fire. Energy Safe Victoria and the Victorian Building Authority recommend gas ducted heating service every 2 years; this includes space heaters, wall furnaces, decorative log fires and central heating units.
So, there you have it. A comprehensive list of how to get the very best out of your gas ducted heating. Of course, if there’s anything you’re not sure about or want to ask, our friendly team are always at the end of the phone.
We’d be delighted to help you choose the right product for your home, so please give us a call on 03-8360 9622.