A breakdown in your home's furnace system can quickly lead to a miserable night. Unfortunately, many people are helping their HVAC systems break down sooner than they should by letting them run inefficiently. Here's a look at three of the biggest ways that people are making their home furnace systems run poorly, and raising their energy bills in the process.
Cranking up the thermostat
For many people, a wintertime chill means cranking up the thermostat to a higher temperature than usual. The truth is though, that your thermostat heats the same whether you increase the temperature 1 degree or 10 degrees. A home HVAC system is like a light switch -- it's either on or off. There's no real way to make your system work "harder" or heat up faster.
Turning the thermostat off during the day
This is a misconception that many people fall in to. It makes sense on the surface - if you're going to be gone from home during the day, why have your system running heating or cooling an empty home? But if you leave your system off during the day only to turn it back on each evening, it only makes the system work harder. It's better for your system's health (and your energy bill) to have your HVAC run as designed, which is on an off throughout the day. You can however, save a little money by just moving your thermostat around 5 degrees from the temperature you want. This takes a little strain off of your system, but still lets it run like it should.
Restricting air flow to your system Air is to your HVAC system like blood to a person -- the system can't function without it. Unfortunately, there are several ways you can limit the flow to your system without even realizing it. Not changing your filter is one of the most common ways people limit their systems air flow. Three to six months is the recommended window for change. Not doing this regularly could see your system's performance reduced by as much as 15%. Placing objects or furniture in front of your system's intake is another great way to stop the air flowing.
Of course, even if you take all of these tips into account, the best way to make sure that your home HVAC system is running optimally is to have it serviced and regularly checked out by a professional technician, like the ones at R & B Heating & Air Conditioning. They likely have years of experience with systems just like yours, and know how to make them run the best.
The air conditioning unit outside your home needs to be taken care of if you want it to keep you cool for many summers into the future. During the winter, should the unit be covered? Do you really need to do anything to winterize the unit? Our blog will show you several ways for you to protect your air conditioning unit through the winter. You will learn how to build a cover, determine if you need to do any work to it and much more. Hopefully what you learn here will help you to keep your unit running well for many years.