Avoid these common HVAC mistakes and save money this winter.
Proper installation and regular maintenance helps extend the lifespan of your heating system. There are certain things that you can do on your own to keep your HVAC system running at its best for years. Here are some common mistakes that you should avoid.
Not Sealing Your Home Properly
Many homeowners do not take the necessary steps to seal the gaps and cracks in the home. As a result, cold air may leak into your home, reducing the efficiency of your heating system. Check for any gaps in the doors and windows, and around any boards on walls or cracks in and around the attic. If you detect any cracks or crevices, seal these immediately. Depending on the location of the gaps, you can use grout or cement to block the gaps.
Leaving the Fireplace Open
The chimney of a fireplace helps vent out smoke, but it also gives the cold outside air a chance to creep into your home. Close the chimney when not in use, thereby not allowing any heat to escape your home. This also helps you save more on your energy bills. If you do not experience much difference in indoor temperature after closing the chimney, get the fireplace inspected.
Not Using a Programmable Thermostat
When you step into your home after a long period, you may want to set the temperature excessively high in an attempt to heat up your home faster. However, this technique does not work. Your heating system will take the same time to heat up your home, no matter how high you set the temperature. One way to fix this problem is by using a programmable thermostat that allows you to set the temperature for a future time. This means that you can set the thermostat to start heating up your home before you step into your home. This also helps you save on your energy bills.
Lack of Maintenance
You need to maintain your heating system regularly to keep it working in good condition. For example, regularly clean the vents and ducts. Schedule cleaning and maintenance with a Fenton HVAC company every 6 months.
Choosing the Wrong Sized HVAC System
When it comes to making the most of your heating system, it is important to choose the right size. Contrary to a common misconception, bigger is not always better. Choose the size of your HVAC system depending on the size of your rooms. Installing a large system in a smaller house will only lower its heating efficiency.