1. Keep Up With Maintenance
As the nights get colder and we test our heating systems there are things we can do to keep our bills down and our units more efficient. One thing to keep in mind is routine maintenance is an important factor in keeping your unit running smoothly.
2. Operate Your System at Stable Temperatures
Personal comfort will play a large factor in how you set your thermostat. Many systems have temperature ranges that ensure energy efficiency. Consult your owners manual or ask your service technician if there is a good temperature for your system. Once you find the right temp, keep it there while you’re home.
3. Check Your Home for Drafts
The wind can get strong in Humboldt and Trinity Counties, many people don’t realize that their home is full of air infiltration. During the winter months, this can cause your heater to work extra hard to regulate the temperature. It’s a good idea to ensure that all windows and doors have updated seals.
4. Change Filters Frequently
It may seem like a no-brainer, but in our busy lives, many forget to change their air filters. Changing your air filter once a month, or as directed by the filter manufacturer, helps ensure your system has uninterrupted air-flow, and this helps your system run smoothly.
5. Turn Down Your Thermostat
Try setting your thermostat to the coolest temperature you find comfortable in the winter and reduce the temperature when you’re not home. It may seem small but this can lead to big savings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, reducing your home’s temperature 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours at a time during the heating season can save you 5 to 15 percent in heating bills each year.
6. Use Window Treatments
During the winter, keep coverings open on south-facing windows during the day, to help harness the sun’s energy. At night close your blinds or curtains to create a barrier between the window’s glass to keep the warmth inside. This can have a tremendous impact on your HVAC system.
7. Use A Programmable Thermostat
Using a programmable thermostat can really help in your efforts to reduce your temps when you’re not home, therefore reducing your energy bills and wear on your system.