Less Money Spent on Heating Costs Means More Can Be Saved for the Holidays
The holidays are getting closer, and people are ready to celebrate the end of a crazy year. Some have already started thinking about the perfect holiday gifts to give their family and friends. However, it’s been a tough year for many households, so it would be nice to have extra money to go towards those awesome gifts. One way of saving up for the holidays is cutting down on heating costs. If homeowners have an efficient HVAC system, it takes less energy to stay comfortable, resulting in lower bills every month.
Time for a Change of Air Filters
The air filter seems like a very simple device, but it’s more powerful than it looks! It plays a critical role in the HVAC system and its efficiency. The purpose of the air filter is to trap dust, dirt, and other airborne particles to improve the air’s cleanliness and quality in the home. However, if the filter isn’t changed, it can get too dirty. This makes it harder for the air to pass through the filter, and the HVAC system has to work harder to produce the same results.
Homeowners should change their air filters regularly. A 1-inch or 2-inch filter should be changed every 3 months, a 4-inch filter should be changed every 6 months, and a 5-inch filter should be changed once a year. Switching the air filter is a quick and easy task that makes a huge difference in HVAC efficiency.
Upgrade To a Programmable Thermostat
If homeowners were asked to identify the HVAC system’s critical components, they’d probably list off the furnace, the AC unit, or the ductwork. These are all big, important pieces of the system, but one component is sometimes forgotten because it’s not located next to those larger components: the thermostat.
The thermostat allows homeowners to control the temperature indoors to keep everyone comfortable throughout the day, and programmable thermostats give homeowners even more control.
Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to set specific temperatures based on different factors, such as the time of day. They may choose to set the temperature higher during the day while people are up and walking around the house but set it lower at night while everyone is asleep. Setting this type of schedule provides more consistency and prevents one from forgetting to set the temperature higher or lower. As a result, programmable thermostats are a great way to save on heating costs every month.
Heater and AC Maintenance
One other best practice for improving HVAC efficiency is to have the heater and the AC unit inspected every year. The heater should be inspected every fall, and the AC unit should be inspected every spring. The purpose of these maintenance checks is to ensure that the HVAC system runs as efficiently as possible. These inspections may spot wear and tear or malfunctioning components that need replacing. Identifying and fixing these small inefficiencies prevents homeowners from dealing with the hassle of an HVAC emergency, and can extend the unit’s lifespan.
So if homeowners want to save the worry and stress of an HVAC breakdown, save energy by improving the HVAC system’s efficiency, and save money on monthly heating and cooling bills, homeowners should schedule a maintenance check this fall.
About Albert Nahman Services
Air conditioning systems are sophisticated and delicate, which means they should only be handled by licensed professionals. Albert Nahman Services has professional HVAC technicians that will make sure the work gets done safely and properly. Their licensed and insured team has years of experience, so customers can feel confident when they call Albert Nahman Services for expert heating maintenance.
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