As your home’s heating system ages, it gradually becomes less and less efficient. Eventually, if regular maintenance isn’t performed, it can even become a hazard in the home. But, there are some things you can do to not only improve its performance and efficiency, but actually extend the life of the unit itself.
Here are four easy things you can do today to help improve the heating efficiency of your home’s HVAC system.
#1 – Change the Air Filter
If you can’t remember the last time you changed the air filter on your furnace, then it well past time you replaced it. Changing the air filter is the most affordable way to instantly help improve your home’s heating efficiency and it’s easy to do.
Simply turn off your thermostat, open the access slot for your unit’s air filter, slide the old filter out, and slide the new one in. Return the access door to its original position and turn your thermostat back on. Ideally, you should replace your air filter every three months or even more frequently if you have pets.
#2 – Check and Seal Your Air Ducts
Leaky air ducts can reduce a home’s heating and cooling efficiency by as much as 20%. Therefore, it is important to check any exposed ductwork in your home for air leaks. Leaks are most commonly found in joints, seams, and any areas where two or more pieces of duct meet. If you find a leak, patch it with mastic duct sealer or metal-backed foil tape. Make sure you check all of the ducts, even those that run through the attic, garage, basement, and/or crawlspace. Every leak you seal helps improve the performance of your heating system and you’ll appreciate the improvement in both your home’s interior comfort level and its utility bills.
#3 – Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you’re basically throwing money away because your heating system is more than likely running more than it should be. Simply replacing your old outdated thermostat with a programmable one will allow you to schedule when the heater turns on and off via programmable temperature schedules.
For example, in the winter you can program the thermostat to stay at 65 degrees during the time when you’re sleeping. If you regularly rise at 6 am, you can program the temperature to rise to 68 a half hour before you wake so the house will be warm for you as you get out of bed. Then, you can program it to drop back down to 65 until a half hour before you return home from work, when the temperature can rise again to 68.
By utilizing a programmable thermostat, you can save up to $200 on your heating and cooling bills per year, thus allowing you to quickly recoup the cost of the device.
#4 – Schedule an Annual HVAC Tune Up
As helpful as replacing your air filter, sealing your ducts, and installing a programmable thermostat can be, the most important thing you can do for your home’s heating efficiency is to schedule an annual tune up for your HVAC system. When performed by a reputable heating and cooling contractor, an annual HVAC inspection and tune up will ensure that your system is safe and working at its peak performance level.
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