If you’re like the rest of us, your energy bills go way up during the winter. Of course, you want your home to be toasty in winter, but energy costs can throw a wrench into your plans. However, it’s possible to lower your energy bills with a few simple tweaks. Check if you’re making these five mistakes with your HVAC system and follow these easy changes to reduce your heating bill.
Not Changing Your Air Filter
If you’ve ever opened the engine compartment on your car and been hit with a blast of hot air, you know what it’s like to have dirty air filters. They’re a necessary part of your car’s engine, but they can get clogged quickly depending on your use and driving conditions.
So why do people forget to change their air filters? In general, there are two main reasons:
- They’re not sure how often they need to be changed.
- They don’t know how to change the filter.
The Thermostat is in the Wrong Place
It’s surprising how many homes have their thermostat in the wrong location. Often, it’s not your fault, especially if the HVAC system was installed when you moved in.
It’ll give you a better overall reading and prevent ghost readings.
Ghost readings are when the temperature sensor picks up something other than what you want it to, like an appliance or even the sun shining through a window. The best way to prevent this is by placing your thermostat in a place with as few obstructions as possible. A room you spend a lot of time in is ideal.
Forgetting to Book an HVAC Tune-Up
The majority of your home’s energy usage goes toward heating and cooling. A poorly maintained furnace will not work as efficiently as one recently tuned up. This means you’ll waste more fuel and spend more money on utility bills during the year’s colder months.
Closing Registers and Vents
It’s tempting to close off your vents and registers over the winter. After all, you don’t want the heat to escape. But this practice can actually lead to problems and higher energy bills.
What’s more, closing vents isn’t only bad for your wallet. It’s also bad for your health.
If in doubt, leave your vents and registers open, so your furnace heats the space it’s designed to heat.
Adjusting the Thermostat Too Much
There’s nothing wrong with turning up the heat when you’re cold. But you may be wasting money by cranking up the thermostat more than a few degrees.
When the temperature outside drops below freezing, your furnace starts working harder to keep the house warm. When it comes on, it blows heated air through ducts throughout your home. As this heated air passes over cold surfaces in your home — like windows and walls — it cools down.
Don’t struggle with a broken furnace this winter. Book your HVAC tune-up with the experts at Adeedo.