Schedule a Maintenance Check
Help your heating system out by scheduling regular maintenance checks and inspections. A professional HVAC technician can usually find issues in your unit before they cause bigger problems or system failure. They will inspect the unit's overall condition, motor, electrical components, safety controls, and more. If anything is lagging or has minor damage that could cause issues down the road, your technician will recommend a repair or replacement so you don't end up stuck with a broken heater in the dead of winter.
Look for Leaks
Leaks in the seals on your home can be somewhat difficult to notice in the warmer months. However, as the temperature drops, you may notice heat escaping near your windows and doors. Check the seals in these areas to make sure there aren't any cracks or gaps letting hot air escape. There are several tools you can use to help seal off doors and windows. Some are very simple additions to the bottom of the door or window that provide an additional buffer from the elements.
If you are still noticing a lot of heat loss in the winter months, you may want to consider investing in energy-efficient windows. These windows help hold in the warm air (or in the summer, the cool air) so your HVAC system doesn't have to work so hard to keep up. If you aren't sure how efficient your HVAC system is, call Royal Heating & Air and schedule a Home Comfort Check. We will do a complete check of your heater, gas furnace burners, and heating elements and help you find anything that may not be functioning at its optimal level.
Keep Airflow in Mind
It is important to maintain good airflow throughout your home to keep your HVAC system functioning efficiently. Regularly check your air filters to ensure they are not dirty. A filter overloaded with dust, pet hair, and debris cannot properly filter the air in your home and will force your heater to work harder to push air through the dirty filter. Check the recommendations on the filter type you use to know how often your filter should be replaced.
Some people think that closing vents and doors in unused rooms can help the HVAC system preserve energy. It actually has the opposite effect. The air is still being heated and pushed through your air ducts to that vent. Blocking the vent or shutting the door does not efficiently redirect the airflow to other areas in your home. Instead, your HVAC system has a hard time keeping your whole home at a consistent temperature and ends up working harder.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
Traditional thermostats simply read the temperature of the room and signal your HVAC system to kick in if it is below (or above in the summer) the temperature you set for your home. A programmable thermostat can learn your patterns by keeping track of how you set the temperature throughout the day. When you're away at work, it can give your HVAC system a break. Do you like to sleep with the air a little cooler? Your programmable thermostat can do that for you automatically! With the freedom to set your programmable thermostat and forget it, you can sit back and relax while it saves you time and potentially even money.
Royal Heating & Air is here to serve you and all of your HVAC needs. We love taking care of you and making sure your home stays comfortable year-round. Give us a call to schedule a maintenance inspection, a home comfort check, or a programmable thermostat installation. Whatever the HVAC need, we have your back!