With the colder months swiftly approaching, now is the best time to prepare your home for heating. By taking the time to address and maintain your heating system, you will not only foster a more comfortable living environment but also save on energy expenses.
Here are 5 ways you can improve your heating efficiency in your home.
1. Change Your Filter
Your HVAC filter is responsible for catching small particles from entering your home. After time dust and other pollutants will accumulate in the filter, obstructing airflow for your HVAC system. This can increase your energy bills and potentially shorten the life of your unit. Change it out regularly (every 3-6 months) with a quality, high MERV value, filter.
Clean air filters are also beneficial to the overall indoor air quality. The air cycling through your ducts is the same air that you and your family breathe. Over time, pollutants such as mold, bacteria, and dust could build up and stay hidden within your air ducts, affecting your air quality. Getting your air ducts professionally cleaned reduces allergens and irritants, and promotes healthier living.
2. Insulate Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are also a likely place for air leaks, which allows cold air to enter the building and force the heating equipment to work harder. Find weather stripping at your local hardware store to minimize drafts. Be sure to also check your attic, basement, and crawlspace for any air leaks to reduce your energy costs.
3. Switch the Direction of Ceiling Fan Blades
While ceiling fans are a great way to cool your home during the summer, they can also help keep your home warm during the winter. Set your fan blades to move clockwise (reverse direction) in winter to draw the cold air up to the ceiling and force warmer air down.
4. Lower the Temperature on Your Water Heater
Water heating is the third-largest energy expense in your home, averaging around 15% of home utilities. If you’ve never run out of hot water, chances are you’ve probably set your water heater too high. For optimum performance, set your thermostat at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you've set the thermostat, be sure to check the temperature and pressure valve at least once every six months; you should also insulate your water heater with a pre-cut jacket or blanket.
5. Get a Heating Maintenance Checkup
Preventative maintenance is key to a robust HVAC system, and a comfortable, happy indoor environment. HVAC units are complex machines with many components. If one part is failing, it can place a strain on all the other parts, leading to greater wear and tear on otherwise healthy components. Getting it maintained by a professional not only saves energy but also helps avoid costly repairs in the long run.
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