There are major benefits to an efficient heating system. It helps you save money as well as energy. You don’t need to pay for lost air or pay for a system that works extra hard to achieve the desired temperature. These are a few ways you can make your system run more efficiently as a Bay Area homeowner.
1. Adjust the Ceiling Fans and Thermostat
You can save a lot on heating and cooling bills by adjusting the thermostat by just a few degrees. You can keep your system from working too hard by setting the thermostat a few degrees warmer in the summer and cooler in the winters.
You should also take advantage of the thermostat’s programming features. You should think about upgrading to a programmable thermostat if you haven’t already. This way you can make sure the system doesn’t run when nobody is at home. That’s a big waste of energy. Programmable thermostats also ensure the home is at a comfortable temperature before you arrive.
2. Regular and Frequent Maintenance
Regular maintenance is important if you want your heating system to run effectively and efficiently. Failure to regularly maintain your HVAC system may result in damage. Make sure you check the furnace filter once every month. Never wait for more than 3 months to replace the filter. Follow the same practice even if you have washable and reusable filters.
Your unit will run efficiently when the air filters are clean. You could end up saving 5 – 15% on energy bills. You need to ensure there is a steady air flow to the system for efficiency. Dirty or dusty filters and vents prevent this. You should also ensure the vents are not blocked by furniture.
3. Be Aware of Other Heat Sources
You need to understand that there are several sources of heat in a home that affects the air temperature and conditions. Windows is a key player since they allow sunlight to filter inside. The sun can be both an enemy and a friend depending on the season.
Your house can stay cooler during the summer if you leave the blinds closed, especially when not at home. Your system will not have to work so hard to keep the temperatures down. Conversely, if you keep the blinds open during winters, it will help warm up the house.
4. Repair and Insulate
Lack of insulation and leaks can reduce the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling systems. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average home loses about 20 – 30% conditioned air because of leaks in the ducts.
You may have a duct leak if you have a hard time maintaining the desired temperature in rooms or notice significantly high heating and cooling bills. You may lose air if you have a lot of ductwork in the garage, crawlspace, and attic.
5. Upgrade Your Old Unit
Your system may not run efficiently even if you have performed all the necessary repairs and maintenance. This is because the system is too old to be efficient anymore. You should consider replacing the furnace if it is older than 13 years. Have an HVAC technician inspect your system at least once a year.