Since you use your HVAC system throughout most of the winter months, it helps to learn how you can keep it running as efficiently as possible. To keep energy consumption and monthly utility bills low, Air Pro Inc. shares some useful tips you should consider below:
Install a programmable thermostat. If you turn off your system during the day and turn it back on at night, your furnace will have to run longer to return to the temperature set on your thermostat. If you want your system to run more efficiently, have a programmable thermostat installed by a trusted air conditioning replacement technician.
A programmable thermostat can maintain a certain temperature in your home during the day (eight hours being the most effective), then switch to another setting at night. You can even set the thermostat to reduce cycling times when you’re away from home or asleep if you want to conserve energy.
Consider other forms of heat. If, for instance, you know that temperatures will be mild for the next week, it may be wise to turn off your HVAC unit entirely. While it might still be cool in the evenings when you’re ready to go to bed, it probably won’t be cool enough to justify turning the furnace back on.
This is where space heaters, gas logs or an electric blanket become a good alternative. Many trusted heating and air conditioning repair companies would even recommend using space heaters, as they give you the ability to heat specific areas to provide the necessary comfort without wasting energy.
Don’t forget maintenance. No matter how much you use your HVAC unit, it needs regular maintenance inspections. It will cost around five percent more to run your unit each year you put off maintenance checks, and will also cause your system to deteriorate faster in the long run.
Fall is the usually best time to schedule HVAC inspections, depending on your local area. During the inspection, your system should be cleaned as well, as dust and dirt buildup can affect the health of you and your family.