hree HVAC systems run at full capacity for the majority of the summer and winter seasons, which explains why utility bills are typically high around these times of year. In this blog, Air Quality Heating & Air Conditioning shares practical tips to help you optimize your HVAC system this winter.
Keep Up With Scheduled Maintenance — A well-maintained HVAC system is less likely to break down when you least expect it. Keeping up with scheduled HVAC maintenance–ideally performed during the fall season–will help prevent minor damage from developing into bigger problems, and may even prolong your HVAC system’s lifespan. Also, don’t forget to schedule air duct cleaning every three to five years, or as recommended by your HVAC technician.
Change the Air Filters — Air filters trap dust, pollen and other particulates, and help maintain good indoor air quality. They usually require replacement every one to three months, though the manufacturer may have specific recommendations. Homeowners in dusty areas usually need to change their air filters more often. Not doing so could result in restricted airflow, which will place additional strain on the HVAC system and result in increased energy usage.
Keep the Heating System Running — It may sound counterintuitive, but keeping your heating system running continuously–as opposed to turning it off when you leave the house–can help you save on energy costs. Starting up and shutting down the furnace consumes more fuel, and doing this frequently puts a strain on the system and often leads to unexpected furnace repairs. We recommend turning the temperature down about 10 degrees when the house is unoccupied, then turning it back up when you arrive home. Better yet, invest in a programmable thermostat if you and your family follow a set daily routine.
Address Insulation Issues — A properly-insulated energy envelope, which consists of the attic, exterior walls and fenestrations (windows, doors and skylights) experiences minimal heat loss during the winter. The resulting reduction in required output gives your HVAC system more headroom to help prevent it from redlining, minimizing the chances of a breakdown. It can also result in significant energy savings, which is why it’s generally a good idea to have your home inspected by an auditor certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI).
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