Few homeowners think about how well their heating is working while it’s functioning correctly. It’s when things go wrong, and your feet are blocks of ice, that questions begin to arise! Can you help your system to run more efficiently? Absolutely. Are the steps to stop overworking your system difficult? No! In fact, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to avoid making your heater work too hard.
Problem 1: You block your vents with furniture
Keep vents clear of any obstruction. You want an even distribution of warm air throughout your home. Don’t want to rearrange your furniture? You may want to explore other heating options such as hydronic heating, which heats your house with hot water pipes that are underneath your floorboards. Do you want to close some vents in your home? Be sure to consult with us first. Sometimes closing vents can make your furnace less efficient and your electric bill more expensive.
Problem 2: You forget to change your filter
Say it with us again – change your air filters! This issue comes up repeatedly in almost all of our articles, but you can solve so many problems by regularly changing your filters. From helping with respiratory issues to saving you money, it’s just a smart move to change out your filters.
Problem 3: You don’t turn down your thermostat when you leave your house
The #1 way to cut down on energy costs and wear and tear on your system during the winter is to have it run less while you’re away or asleep. Programmable thermostats make this easy, but not everyone has one. Put a reminder somewhere in your home where you will see it every day to turn down your thermostat before leaving for work.
Problem 4: Cranking the thermostat when you’re cold
You come in from a frigid walk out in the cold, and you’re desperate to get warm. You crank the thermostat up to 75 degrees, thinking that will warm up your home—and your fingers—more quickly. It won’t. Setting your thermostat to 75 won’t get your house to 70 degrees any quicker.
Problem 5: Letting cold air into your home
Shut the door! Of course, leaving a door or window open will result in cold drafts into your home, but the real concerns are things that cause constant air leaks into your home. Things like gaps in doors, floors, and windows and insufficient insulation add up to high energy costs and a cold home. Add weather stripping and address poor insulation. You’ll be amazed at how much warmer your home is in winter, and how much cooler it is in the summer.
Problem 6: Skipping annual maintenance
The heater is running fine. No need for a yearly maintenance visit, right? Wrong! Annual maintenance must be done on your system to ensure maximum efficiency. You also want to get ahead of potential issues before they become a serious problem.
Problem 7: Choosing a cheap replacement
It’s finally time for a new HVAC system, and you choose the cheapest one without taking the time to do your research. Before you make a hasty decision, consider that ‘cheap’ doesn’t always mean the best value. You want your new system to last as long as possible, do an excellent job heating and cooling your home, and be so efficient that it lowers your energy bills. Take the time to do your research and give us a call at Stuart Pro. We’re happy to answer your questions and give you our recommendations.