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.
The winter months mean cold weather, the holidays, and the family at home. While you are at home enjoying time with your family, your HVAC system is keeping your warm. Therefore, this time of year, it is also important to reduce energy loss and unnecessary wear of your system. Here are some holiday how-to tips to reduce energy loss and HVAC wear while your family is at home for the holidays.
1. Sealing Up Air Leaks Before Cold Weather To Stop The Most Common Energy Loss
Air leaks are probably the biggest cause of energy loss during the winter months. Some of the areas where there are major air leaks in your home are around windows and doors. Make sure that all exterior openings have good insulation and weather stripping. In openings with the most foot traffic, such as an entryway door, you will occasionally want to replace weather stripping to maintain the seal and reduce air leaks. In addition, the duct work of your HVAC system can also have air leaks that cause energy loss. Check ducts for leaks and repair them before your family is home for the holidays.
2. Checking The Thermostat And Programming It at A Slightly Lower Temperature Setting
The thermostat is one of the most important components to control your HVAC system, and usually, it will have low-voltage wiring and batteries. Check the wiring and batteries of your thermostat to ensure your heating is working when you need it most. In addition, it is a good idea to set the temperature settings a little lower on your thermostat while you have family over for the holidays. This will help reduce excess energy consumption while you have a full house and probably do not need to have the heating set at a higher temperature.
3. Servicing Your Heating and Changing Air Filters Before You Have a Full House
To ensure your heating and cooling is always in good shape, you want to have your HVAC system serviced a couple of times a year. Before you have your house full of family, it is a good idea to have your heating serviced and go ahead and change the filters. This will ensure that there are no problems that need to be addressed and that you have a fresh filter for better air quality while you have family and friends over.
4. Cleaning Ducts, Vents and Removing Clutter from Near Points of Air Flow
Cleaning the ducts and vents is an important part of maintenance while servicing your HVAC system. In addition, you will want to make sure that there is no clutter or objects blocking vents. If you move furniture around while you have visitors or decorate for the holidays, make sure you do not block air vents or returns to ensure good airflow and efficiency of your system.
These are some maintenance tips to help reduce HVAC wear and energy loss while your family is at home for the holidays. If you need help with heating maintenance and repairs, contact a furnace repair service to ensure your heating is keeping your family cozy this winter, without causing you energy loss and higher utility bills.