When the times comes to turn on your home’s heating system you will want to take all the right steps to ensure best efficiency. Each step will help improve your boiler or furnace effectiveness which in turn will save you more money on your utility bills. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning will share what you can do to improve efficiency and in turn save you more money this winter.
Ways to Save Heat Energy in Your Home or Apartment
Ceiling Fans – Most ceiling fans have the option to reverse the direction of the spin. When you reverse the fan it promotes circulation of air but doesn’t push cool air down. This is ideal for heating. The heat circulates around a room which improves the heating efficiency without the counter-productive part of the fan pushing cooled air around. If you have older ceiling fans that do not give you this option you may want to consider replacing your ceiling fan with a 5 Star Efficiency rated one.
Humidifiers – When heating the inside of a home, the air can become dry and irritating. Often home owners will turn off their heat and open up the windows for a while just to balance out the air. Installing or using a humidifier can help equalize the air. You won’t have to turn off the heat which adds more strain to the heat system in order to warm the home back up. For comfortable indoor air control a humidifier works great in the winter.
Air Filters – Air filters need to be changed all year long. By maintaining your home’s HVAC filters you insure proper air flow which improves efficiency. Filters here in southern Nevada are exposed to a lot of dirt due to the regular winds and dust. Because of our location, filters need to be changed anywhere from one month to every three months max!
Thermostat – Programmable thermostats greatly help improve efficiency all year long. When programming a thermostat you will want the optimal temperature for when household members are inside the home. When the home is vacant have the temperatures adjusted so it doesn’t have to work too hard when no one is home.
Windows and Doors – Windows and doors with poor weather stripping is one of the leading causes of poor efficiency. Maintain the weather stripping of windows and doorways. Make sure the outside frames are sealed as well. It is important to hold the conditioned air inside the home. If there is air leaking to the outside you are wasting precious money and resources.
Unblock Vents – Furniture or other obstructions that block the HVAC vents prevent proper air flow. When the air struggles to push air into a room it means the heating unit is working harder which in turn, adds to the cost of running it.
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Some other additional methods to help improve efficiency is by replacing your home insulation, especially if you live in an older house. However the best way to improve efficiency is to have your HVAC system inspected and serviced by a professional HVAC technician. If you need your unit serviced, contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning today.