In today’s energy-conscious world, efficiency is at the forefront of every homeowner’s mind – especially when it comes to heating and cooling services. Heat Engineering understands this need, and that’s why we’ve compiled some DIY tips for you to follow.
Tip 1: Regular Maintenance is Essential
Even the highest-quality units need regular maintenance to operate at maximum efficiency and provide reliable heating and cooling services. If your HVAC unit has been neglected for a while, it’s high time to change the filter. Try to change it at least once every three months. A dirty filter restricts air flow, making your unit work harder and consume more energy.
Tip 2: Inspect Your Ductwork
Inspecting your ductwork for leakages is another important step in improving the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Leaky ducts can cause up to a 20% loss in heated or cooled air. If you discover any leaks during your inspection, use metal duct tape to seal them. Bear in mind, however, that while you can spot large leaks yourself, professionals from Heat Engineering can recognize and fix more subtle issues that could still cause significant energy loss.
Tip 3: Install a Programmable Thermostat
Automation can go a long way in enhancing HVAC efficiency. Installing a programmable thermostat will allow you to set your home at higher temperatures in summer and lower in winter when you’re not at home, saving you on energy costs. Try to aim for a setting of 78℉ in the summer and 68℉ in the winter when you’re at home.
Tip 4: Use Ceiling Fans to Your Advantage
Ceiling fans help circulate air better, making your home comfortable and reducing the burden on your HVAC system. In winter, run your fan in a clockwise direction to circulate warm air trapped near the ceiling. In summer, switch it to run counter-clockwise to create a cool breeze. Remember, fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you leave the room.
While these DIY tips can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling systems, it never hurts to call in professionals for a thorough inspection and tune-up. At Heat Engineering, we pride ourselves in having a skilled team equipped to provide the best heating and cooling services. Remember, the more efficiently your system operates, the more money you can save on your energy bills in the long run.