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Extreme temperatures, especially in the winter, make it essential to have a fully working HVAC system. If your HVAC system isn't working well, it can make you uncomfortable on a cold night and cause your utility bills to go up. People who care about the environment should also consider how an inefficient HVAC system wastes energy and increases your carbon footprint.
Here are five essential HVAC tips that will ensure your system is ready for the cold weather of winter.
In the winter, warm air can get out of your house in many different ways. If this happens, your heating system will have to work harder to keep your home warm, which means it won't work as well and could cause problems. Check your house for drafts, holes, and places where more insulation is needed. If you can fix these problems and better insulate your home, it will be easier to heat.
You should know how long it takes to heat your home. For example, if the temperature is currently 67 and you want it to be 72, setting your thermostat to 75 will only heat your home faster than setting it to 72. That will put more stress on your system, which could cause problems with your furnace. Set your thermostat to the temperature you want, and find other ways to warm up while you wait for it to get there.
When setting your thermostat, a smart thermostat can save you a lot of money on energy costs during the winter. Energy Saver suggests setting your thermostat to 68 degrees while you are home during the day to save the most money. They say to bring it closer to 60 while you're away or sleeping. Some of you might find that a bit cold, but with every degree, you can move your thermostat down without feeling uncomfortable, the more you will save on your utility bill.
One of the most important tips is to ensure your furnace gets regular maintenance. In the same way, you need to change the oil in your car; your HVAC system needs regular maintenance. Many warranties need regular maintenance to stay valid, and keeping your system in good shape will keep you from having to pay for expensive repairs in the future. Our Maintenance costs are affordable and include discounts on other products and services and tune-ups for your furnace and air conditioner.
The last tip, which is probably the most important, is something we always say: change your air filter often. It's the best thing you can do for your system and will help you avoid repairs that cost a lot of money. When your air filter gets dirty and clogged, the blower motor (right next to the air filter) works harder. The longer and harder the motor has to work, the more likely it is to break.
If you follow these few HVAC tips for winter, you will be well on your way to a worry-free winter and a furnace that works. And if you do have problems, you can reach us at Cloud Comfort HVAC at 1-424-376-3298 or make an appointment online. We will be glad to help.