keeping your HVAC system running efficiently

Do you know what it takes to keep your home heating system working efficiently? Most people know that the filters need to be changed from time to time, but exactly when should you be changing them? What type of filter should you be using? Is there anything else that homeowners can do to ensure that the system they rely on to heat and cool their homes operates using as little energy as possible? My blog will show you all sorts of things about maintaining your home heating and cooling system. In the end, you will know just what to do to take care of your home's system.

Get The Most Out Of Your Heat With Energy Saving Tips

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With winter well on it's way, it is important to make sure your heating unit is functioning properly so you can stay warm. The number of service calls for heating rises during this time of year, and sometimes the issue is just a matter of performing a few simple steps you can do yourself to maximize your heater's effectiveness. Here are some useful tips to help you ensure you're getting the most out of your home's heating unit and to help you you can save on energy costs.

Insulation is Key

Even if you have a brand new furnace or HVAC unit, if your home isn't properly insulated, you could be throwing money (and heat!) out the window. Check your attic to ensure that you have a proper and thoroughly installed insulation system including fiberglass or spray foam. Heat rises, so most of it can easily escape out of the roof and attic areas. If you need to add more insulation, make sure all of your duct work and other penetrations are sealed before you add more. Cellulose insulation is a good choice and provides better protection than fiberglass.

Check Those Windows

The windows in your home are often the culprit when it comes to energy loss. Double pane windows are more effective at insulating, but even they can be less effective if your windows' seals have become loose or rotten. Make sure all of the seals around your windows are tight and in good condition to help keep cold air out. You can also add clear plastic sheeting to some windows which can add another layer of protection against the cold. 

Keep an Eye on the Chimney

If you have a fireplace, it can be an added source of heat that is also cost efficient. But a draft in the damper can bring all of the cold air directly inside. Check your chimney and make sure that the damper is tightly closed. You can do this by placing your hand in the flue. If you feel a breeze or draft, your damper may need attention. If you don't want to pay for repair and inspection, add a glass cover to the main opening of the fireplace. This will seal off and block any cold air that's coming in.

Simple Tips

There are a few simple things you can do to help improve the warmth of your home and save energy. Change the direction of your ceiling fan so that it pushes the warm air downward. Check outlets and switches to make sure they are properly sealed and insulated. Put new weather stripping on doors to help keep warm air in. With just a few easy tweaks, your home will stay warm this winter and you may save some money on your energy bill as well. 

For ways to save energy with your AC, contact a company such as Don's AC Service, Inc.

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11 December 2015