Your heating system works hard all winter to keep you and your family warm. However, there are many steps you can take to help your HVAC system run more efficiently to heat your home. The following tips will help you make sure your heating system runs as efficiently as possible this winter.
How to Improve Your HVAC System’s Heating Efficiency
1. Change the Air Filter
Your HVAC air filter works to remove the dust particles, dirt, and debris that are in your home. Because the filter is constantly working to cycle clean air through the system, the filter can become clogged more easily during periods of heavy use.
Dirty filters make it difficult for air to continue to flow through the filter. This makes your system work harder to push air through it, and this increases your energy bill. Your home’s air quality will also decrease. Change the filter every one to three months to keep your system working efficiently.
2. Keep Thermostat Controlled
Your thermostat is the key to your HVAC system’s energy efficiency. By lowering the temperature when you leave the house, you’ll save a good deal of money on your home heating costs. Consider turning the air down by about 10 degrees when you leave. A smart thermostat is a great solution if you often forget to set the thermostat each time you leave, since you can adjust the temperature from your phone wherever you are.
3. Eliminate Leaks
Cold air can leak into your home through cracks in the windows and doors. This forces your HVAC heating system to work overtime to keep your home warm. The more leaks your home has, the harder your system will work. These leaks raise your energy bill because of how much harder the unit is working.
4. Seal Ductwork
An essential aspect of your home’s heating system is the ductwork that delivers warm air throughout your home. If your ducts develop leaks, your home’s energy efficiency will drop. In fact, leaky air ducts can lower a home’s energy efficiency by around 20% to 30%. Ensuring that your ducts are properly sealed will help to prevent these leaks and ensure that your system is working at maximum efficiency.
If your energy bills have been higher than usual, talk to the professionals at A. Stevens Plumbing & Heating Inc. in Washingtonville, NY. With 40 years of experience, the team provides expert plumbing and HVAC service to the Hudson Valley area. Visit the website to learn more about service options and call (845) 496-5903 to schedule an appointment.