When the weather is cool during the winter months, the heating systems become a necessity. No one wants to worry about their heating system not operating to their full potential or needing repairs while we rely so heavily on them keeping us warm indoors. To help keep your heating system efficient and to prevent unavoidable repairs, we at Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning would like to share a few tips.
Change Home Air Filter
The HVAC system needs air filters, in order to keep the dust, dirt, and debris from out of the system and your home. Air filters become clogged quickly while they capture the offending particles with every air cycle. Depending on the type of filter, air filters need to be replaced or cleaned every 1 to 3 months. The wear and tear is accelerated, resulting in more repairs and the efficiency is reduced when the filters are over filled.
Sealing & Repairing Ductwork
One of the primary components of the HVAC system in general, is the ductwork, which delivers the heated air from your heating appliance and distributes it throughout your home. If the home feels comfy and warm, you’re even less likely to give any thought to the ducts. Cracks and holes as well as bad seals are likely develop on the ductwork, causing them to lose 20% to 30% of the energy generated by the HVAC system. Sealing the ducts can be done with metal tape or mastic sealant.
Adjusting Thermostat Temperature
The key to heating efficiency in most homes is the thermostat. You can save 10% on your utility bill by setting the thermostat back about 7-10 degrees at night when you are sleeping and while you are away from more than two hours. Upgrading the thermostat can significantly improve the heating system efficiency especially with manual thermostats that can be challenging to constantly adjust.
Forced Air Furnace or Boiler Maintenance
Make certain to schedule routine maintenance to optimize the heating system’s efficiency. For a proper operating heating system, undertaking regular tune-ups, inspections, and other maintenance in addition to your own care is vital. As part as your own care, ensure the vents are clean and clutter-free. To keep the heating system operating well and help prevent breakdowns, air filter changes and other important steps are essential. At the end of summer and start of fall, the heating system should be tuned up and then at the end of heating system season.
HVAC Replacement when Needed
When the original efficiency is lost and the system is over 10 years old, it may be time to replace your outdated furnace or heat pump. When you opt for heating systems with Energy Star labels meet national standards for efficiency, you can rest assured that the upgrades will help you save energy for years to come. Consult an HVAC system contract to make certain you purchase the right size and model heating system for your home.
Furnace & Boiler Tune Up, Repair, Replacement Services & More in Springfield, Granby, Holyoke, South Hadley, Monson, Chicopee & Agawam Massachusetts
Call Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning no matter if you need assistance improving the efficiency of your heating system, need to schedule maintenance, repair, or replacement service and our specialists will happily assist you. Call us today!