Even though temperatures are starting to warm up, and we never experience the bitter cold temperatures as our friends in the North or Midwest do, we still have some time before we shut off our heaters for the season, right? So don’t you want to make sure that you are using yours as affordably as possible?
Using your HVAC system can be relatively expensive. After all, HVAC system use accounts for half of all the energy used in your home. It can be easy to assume that to save energy, you simply shouldn’t use these systems unless you really need them. We are here to tell you that you deserve comfort, period. So keep using that heater, but do so a little more wisely. Read on to learn how!
Update Your Thermostat
This is a tip for both heater and air conditioner efficiency actually. Your thermostat may seem like a really small component, but it has a very big job. As small as it is, it serves as the “brain” of your heating and cooling systems, allowing you to communicate with both units.
Basic, outdated thermostats can be off by a couple degrees. When this happens, it forces your heater to run longer than it should have to, and as a result use more energy. By updating to a programmable—or even better, a WiFi or smart thermostat—you can start saving significant amounts of energy and money!
Did you know that the heat from your furnace and the cooled air from your AC can escape through drafty doors and windows? Often we think about cold air coming in, when we think about window drafts. But you’re also letting the warm air from your heater out.
Just like the problem above, this causes your heater to run longer because it’s trying to compensate for the drop in temperature, that doesn’t even need to happen! Using some basic weatherstripping to seal up these drafty windows will do a world of good for your home.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
This might seem like an odd piece of advice to share in the wintertime, but keep reading!
Yes, ceiling fans are great in the summer. They help you feel cooler and may even let you turn off your air conditioner sooner. But do you know why? It’s because ceiling fans help better distribute the air coming from your cooling system. They don’t lower the temperature, but by helping you feel cooler you can adjust your air conditioner’s thermostat to save energy!
This same concept applies to your heater. There is a switch near the middle of the fan that allows you to reverse the direction of the fan blades. When you do this, it pulls down hot air from the ceiling, helping you feel warmer. Give it a shot!
Schedule a Tune-Up
If it’s been over a year since your last heating tune-up, now is the time to schedule maintenance. Professional maintenance allows our technicians to fully inspect, clean, and adjust components that need it. All of this helps your system work more effectively, and yes more efficiently too.