The cold weather has approached us which means Utahans all over need to worry about protecting their homes against those chilly, oftentimes relentless winter months. Like most people, you might be wondering how you can protect your wallet from costly utility bills this year. With Connect Building Services, we can help ensure that your home’s HVAC systems are running properly and will hold up throughout the winter.
To start you off on the right path, here are five ways in which you can increase your HVAC winter efficiency to get the most out of your heating and cooling systems and to protect your beautiful Utah home.
5 Tips for HVAC Winter Efficiency
- Change Filters. About every three months you should have the filters changed in your HVAC systems. Not only does this improve the quality of air in your home, it can help boost the efficiency of your systems, especially if you choose the right filter.With a dirty filter, it makes it more difficult for treated air to pass through, which in turn forces your system to work much harder. With a clean filter, your HVAC systems can run properly and avoid damage and the need for repairs.
- Seal Ducts. You will need to make sure your heating and cooling ducts are sealed in order to improve your HVAC winter efficiency. When air travels through your home, it passes through ducts. Heated air can escape through the open gaps where the ducts might connect to another.When this air escapes, the temperature in your home drops and your HVAC system has to put out more heated air. By having your ducts sealed, this could be prevented. The savings on your utility bills will be quite noticeable because your home won’t have to compensate for the air that is lost.
- Check Economizers. During the summertime, economizers in your HVAC system are used to utilize outdoor air for cooling. Dampers that act and look like vents are one of the main components of your economizers, allowing for outdoor air to enter your home. However, when these little vents get stuck, it could hurt your HVAC system’s efficiency.Have a Connect BS contractor come out to inspect you dampers to make sure they are working in your favor. They will be able to make sure that the dampers stay closed during the winter so that your home isn’t heating unnecessary, outdoor air, which is likely to be frigid.
- Have a Full Inspection Done. You should consider having your home’s HVAC systems fully inspected. An inspection done by a professional contractor will assure your HVAC systems are running properly. If an issue with one of your systems is detected, it can then be addressed before the true cold sets in.
- Calibrate Thermostats. Your last line of defense in preparing for the winter is to prepare your thermostats. A professional HVAC technician can calibrate this system so that HVAC winter efficiency is maximized.We suggest you keep your thermostat at 68 degrees in the winter. It will keep your home warm enough so that it is comfortable for your family, but also protect your home’s pipes from freezing.
Having your heater crash during the winter isn’t fun for anyone. Connect Building Service contractors will help protect your family from this devastating fate and your finances from having to pay for costly, immediate repairs. Right now is the time to act; contact us today for more information.