Running Your Heating System Efficiently
As the weather here in the Cullman, AL area turns colder, your heating system will work hard to keep you and your family warm and comfortable. Because the demand you are asking from your heating system is so high this time of year, it’s important to keep it running properly and efficiently to save you money and keep you more comfortable. This helpful article will provide you with some tips for running your heating system efficiently this fall.
Check and Change Air Filters
Your air filters trap allergens floating in your home’s air. Such allergens include dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, etc. When you let your filters go too long without being cleaned or changed out, they begin to do more harm on your HVAC system than good. A dirty air filter causes your furnace to work harder than it should in order to heat your home. This increases your energy usage and your bills while also adding unnecessary strain to your heating system. Make sure to regularly change your air filters for optimal comfort and efficiency this winter.
Schedule Furnace Maintenance
We always recommend that our customers schedule furnace maintenance before the winter season begins to ensure everything is working properly to heat your home. The cost of furnace maintenance is less than what you would pay for a furnace repair or a premature furnace replacement and regular maintenance helps to prevent those two things. Ensure you are keeping up with your routine maintenance so you know your heating system is working its best.
Seal any Leaks
Do you know if you’re losing heat and energy from your windows and doors? Check around your home for any cold spots and be sure to seal these spots where you can to avoid losing any more heat from your home. Sufficient insulation will keep the warm air your heating system produces inside and will prevent the cold outside air from entering your home. This keeps your furnace operating efficiently and effectively.
Use Your Thermostat Wisely
Finally, be sure to use your thermostat wisely. If you are constantly toggling the thermostat, you are likely wasting energy by frequently asking it to produce more heat, and then lowering it and repeating this cycle. You’re better off setting your thermostat at an ideal temperature while you’re home and leaving it there. You can always lower it when you are gone for the day or for a weekend or more. For optimal efficiency, you should install a programmable thermostat. To learn more about some of the smart thermostats we recommend and install, check out our products page or give our team a call today!
Stricklin Mechanical is an award winning American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning contractor serving Cullman, AL and the surrounding area. We are a locally owned and family owned business. We are fully licensed and insured, and our technicians are factory trained to solve your heating and cooling issues. Please contact us for any of your heating or cooling needs. heating system efficiently heating system efficiently heating system efficiently heating system efficiently heating system efficiently