When the temperature starts dropping and winter sets in, your HVAC system
becomes your most cherished commodity on a cold winter night. If it is
not properly functioning, however, you could be in for a rough season
that not only includes discomfort, but high energy bills as well. To ensure
your home heating bill remains reasonable, and your hard-earned money
does not go to waste, you will need to support your HVAC system by following
some of these simple tips:
1.Change the air filter and remember to clean the vents: Incidentally, one of the most important things you can do to support your
HVAC system is also one of the easiest things you can do. Change your
air filter at least once every three months, and make sure you check it
once a month. If it is dirty, replace it. Regardless if it is dirty or
not, you must change it every three months. After you replace your filter,
vacuum off the air vents, keeping them clean to allow warm air to flow
easily. This will improve temperature regulation throughout the home.
2.Have your HVAC system inspected: Scheduling a yearly service for your HVAC system will help ensure that
it is functioning properly. The best time to have it inspected is in the
fall to prepare it for the winter ahead. Having these regular maintenance
appointments will help identify any potential problem areas that might
otherwise be unseen, leading to costly repairs in the future.
3.Replace your ancient HVAC system: True, replacing the HVAC system in your home can be expensive, but the
costs well outweigh the discomfort and costs of keeping an old and inefficient
system. If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, do yourself a favor
and consult with a service technician to get a professional opinion regarding
the longevity of your system. Replacing it can reduce your energy bill,
saving you money in the long run.
4.Make sure your attic is adequately insulated: Help your HVAC system operate at peak performance by lightening its load.
If you insulate your home’s attic, you can keep warm air in your
home, preventing it from escaping outside. What does this mean for your
HVAC system? It will not have to work as hard to maintain the home’s
proper temperature. How do you know if your home’s attic is sufficiently
insulated? According to EnergyStar.gov, insulation in the attic should
be high enough to obstruct the view of floor joists.
5.Consider installing a programmable thermostat: The temperature of your home should be based on who is there and, if no
one is home, can be set significantly lower than a conventional living
area temperature. Unfortunately, too many homeowners neglect to adjust
their thermostats when they leave their home because they forget, think
it is too much work, or simply do not want to return to a cold home. To
eliminate these issues, install a programmable thermostat, which will
allow you to set the temperature in your home for every hour of the day.
It will keep to the schedule you set day after day, until you decide to
alter it according to your needs. Depending on the device you choose,
you might even be able to adjust the temperature from your smartphone,
allowing you to alter the settings of your thermostat whenever and wherever you are.
If you want to stay cozy this winter, prepare your HVAC system for the
upcoming weather. It will be worth the investment.
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