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Gillece Floor Vent Adjustment Tips for Staying Warm This Winter

If you are like many residents in the Pittsburgh area region and vicinity, your home heating system is a Furnace.  In addition to an annual Gillece Safe Furnace 18-Point Safety Check and routine Carbon Monoxide Leak Assessment, there is an even more fundamental way to get the most effective and efficient use from your Furnace’s forced air that takes very little time and costs nothing – and that you can do yourself.

Most standard homes that utilize a Furnace heating system have vents for heating (and cooling) built into the floor near the baseboard border of each and every room.  Forced air – either warm or cool – is pushed out and distributed through these vents.  Cool air for Spring/Summer months and warm air for Fall/Winter months, to state the obvious.  In the summertime, homeowners want their bedrooms (top floor) to be particularly cool for comfortable sleeping.  In the wintertime, the converse is true.  Bedrooms (top floor) that are warm and toasty, not overly hot, make for great sleeping.  Gillece knows that this can be specifically challenging for two or three level homes, wherein which bedrooms are located on the very top floor.

Once your Furnace has been inspected by Gillece Services with a Furnace Safety and Carbon Monoxide check, it’s time to evaluate adjusting your floor vents through which warm air should successfully flow year round to match the desired temperature set on your thermostat.  Gillece Services is more than happy to perform these adjustments as a valued added, no-cost, add on courtesy service.

Common household floor vents typically have some sort of adjustment lever that directs the complete or partial opening and closing of the floor vent apparatus.  In the winter months, a homeowner will want to force warm air up to the very top floor of the home – the floor that contains the bedrooms.  Gillece advises to simply begin on the lowest level of your home (basement, etc.) and close or nearly close off open air vents, so that warm air is assisted in being pushed to the next floor.  It’s true that hot air rises, but your home air duct ventilation system is a well constructed way to make this happen even more effectively, from Furnace (basement) to roof.  On the next floor up (depending if you have two or three floors), assess various rooms to discover if you can’t also close, or partially close, some of the floor’s vents to further push warm air up to the very top floor.

Most importantly, call Gillece’s Professional Expert Heating Technicians to annually check out your Furnace, run a CO Leak Check and even install a Carbon Monoxide alarm detector.