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Keeping the HVAC System Maintained this Winter

In the winter you want to keep your home as warm and comfortable as possible. While you may maintain the system regularly, even normal wear and tear can reduce your system’s energy efficiency. Careful attention to your system can also minimize your energy costs, enabling you to save for special activities with family members.

Since an air filter is normally out of sight, it is easy to forget about it. Dirty filters can increase energy usage by up to 15 percent, and they can cause a variety of system problems, including overheating, unusual cycling, or even carbon monoxide problems. One of the first issues to check if your system malfunctions is the filter. It is recommended to check the filter at least once per month to ensure that dirt is not creating an air restriction. A clean filter at the beginning of the heating season can get you off to a good start, and prompt changes during the following months will help you to keep your equipment operating correctly.

Although many homes have programmable thermostats, many homeowners are unaware of how to make the most of these simple but helpful tools. By using your schedule to make targeted setting changes in the system programming, you can reduce heating activity during times when household activities are minimal. A waking temperature of 68 degrees is recommended, and a drop of 8 degrees for sleeping and daytime periods is ideal for maximizing your energy savings. Also be aware of any unusual behavior from your heating system should be a serious concern. Some problems with heating equipment can also affect indoor air quality via carbon monoxide emissions, making prompt attention to malfunctions a serious matter. If you notice an issue with your heating system, make sure to contact us as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.