What to know before turning on your furnace
Just as you get your vehicle’s oil changed on a regular schedule, getting your HVAC serviced by a technician is an important tradition you should schedule before switching from your air conditioner to your furnace. This annual tune-up will make sure your furnace will fire up and heat your home efficiently before you really need it.
Having a qualified technician inspect your system a few times per year
means you can identify issues while they are still small and easy to fix,
rather than waiting until they damage your system or become expensive.
Other HVAC maintenance tips include:
- Change filters as recommended by the type of filter you use, and more often if you have pets or high allergens.
- Check for duct leaks – even a small gap can waste 30% of air flow. A small gap or disconnected duct will affect the efficiency of the unit and deliver less heat to the house.
- Ducts should be insulated so you contain the heat and deliver it to the rooms in the house, and not control the temperature of the HVAC room.
5 More Tips for keeping warm this winter:
Close the fireplace flue when not in use
A damper on a fireplace can let out the same amount of air as a wide-open 48-inch window, according to thisoldhouse.com.
Switch the spin on the ceiling fan
Heat rises, so if you turn your ceiling fan to clockwise in the winter the blades will push the hot air down into the room.
Let the sun shine in
Open the drapes in the daytime and retain as much solar heat as possible. When the sun sets, close the drapes.
Seal up those gaps
In the door frame, around the window edge and even along the window panes, if you can feel a draft it is worse than you feel. Caulk, plastic film kits and a door sweep can fix that.
Lower your utility bill with a programmable thermostat
6 a.m. to 9 a.m. = 68 degrees
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. = 60 degrees
5:30 to 11 p.m. = 68 degrees
11 p.m. to 6 a.m. = 60 degrees
6 a.m. to 9 a.m. = 75 degrees
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. = 80 degrees
5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. = 75 degrees
11 p.m. to 6 a.m. = 80 degrees
Whether you are striving for consistent home temperatures,
quieter system operation, lower utility bills, or optimized indoor humidity levels,
Air Control can address your needs efficiently and affordably.
Give us a call – (800) 843-0292
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