As soon as I purchased my first home, I realized that it was going to be difficult to take care of all of the appliances. I was worried that some components would fail or that others would simply suffer from neglect. Unfortunately, I had no idea what to do in order to avoid these types of problems. To ward off my worries, I decided to hire a professional HVAC contractor who could help. I was able to find an incredible business in my area who really cared about their products and services. They taught me how to look for problems and how to troubleshoot a lagging system. Check out this blog for more information about protecting your HVAC system.
Your central heating unit is the primary consumer of energy within your home during the winter months as it works to maintain a comfortable temperature level throughout your house despite the freezing weather outside. Over time, this high energy consumption can become a significant financial burden. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to reduce your furnace's energy consumption without reducing your comfort levels in order to save some money throughout the winter (not to mention the holiday) season.
In order to ensure that your home benefits from the natural heat that the sun delivers, you need to make proper use of your window treatments (like blinds and shades). Curtains and other thick window treatments can be effective at blocking cold air around your windows, adding a second barrier of insulation that can help keep the interior of your home warm during the night and when the sun isn't streaming through the windows.
However, when one side of your home is being hit by the sun, it's a good idea to open the blinds and let the sunlight in to get a small boost to your interior temperature. Opening and closing your window treatments throughout the day to take advantage of the sun's movement can be an effective way to reduce the amount of work that your furnace has to perform.
Reduce Fan Usage
While it may be necessary to run bathroom and kitchen fans for short periods of time throughout the day to prevent excessive moisture buildup and odors in those rooms, it's important to keep that time to an absolute minimum. The warm air being vented through the air is being replaced with unheated air in other areas of your home, slowly bringing the average temperature down and forcing your furnace to work harder.
Another thing to consider, if you don't already have one installed, is a programmable thermostat. These thermostats can be used to turn the temperature up or down at certain times of day, such as overnight or while you are at work, allowing you to save money by using less heating while you are not at home. The brilliance of a programmable thermostat is the fact that you will not notice a difference in your comfort levels within your home, since your furnace can also be programmed to turn back on just before you wake up or get home.
For more tips on maintenance for the HVAC system, contact a local contractor.