Now that the kids are back in school and the holidays rapidly approaching, now’s the perfect time to inspect and check on your heating & cooling system’s status.
Heating and cooling represent almost half of the overall energy used in a typical house, quickly making it the most considerable energy cost for most households. However, by putting a little effort into optimizing your HVAC unit, you will substantially decrease your HVAC system’s energy usage and energy bills.
Read below to find out how to prepare your A/C unit for hibernation during the winter months, as well as suggestions for turning on your heater without any problems. The last thing you want is to have your heater break down in the middle of winter.
- Turn your furnace on before winter fully arrives.
Don’t wait until the coldest day of winter to turn on your furnace. Instead, turn on your furnace at least three times in late summer to early fall to ensure it’s still working. If you discover that it is time to replace your furnace, consider a fuel-efficient HVAC unit so it can deliver comfortable heating that’s quieter and more efficient than older HVAC units.
- Have Your HVAC System Inspected.
You should hire a professional contractor or technician to inspect your HVAC system at least twice a year, once at the beginning of spring, and again at the start of the fall season. This preventative inspection is meant to detect any potential problems and ensure that the HVAC system is fully optimized for the cold winter season.
- Clean or Replace Air Filters Every 1-3 months.
To be on the safe side, consider inspecting your air filters every 30 days to see if it is dirty and clogged. Dirty HVAC filters restrict airflow and reduce your HVAC system’s overall efficiency. If you have not cleaned or changed your system’s air filters for a while, now is the perfect time to do it. Check your owner’s manual to determine which is the best air filter to use in your system.
- Reprogram Your Thermostat
To save money and energy, you should consider reprogramming your thermostat as the weather transitions to the heating season. Additionally, you can save a lot of money with a smart thermostat if you set it correctly. Lower the thermostat temperature during the ordinary times when you and the family are away from home. You’d be surprised at just how much energy you can save.
- Install Additional Insulation
A well-insulated home helps keep your home energy-optimized. Inspect your attic for deteriorating insulation and replace it accordingly. Additionally, check the weather strips on all the home’s doors and windows. Drafty doors and windows are the first places to look as these will affect the ground floor first.