There’s already been a bit of snow in Maryland and the temperatures just keep dropping. Can your HVAC system keep up? And how will that impact your winter heating bills?
Check out these 4 smart HVAC usage tips to help you conserve your money and stay warm all winter long!
Don’t Overtax Your Furnace
You may be wondering if your furnace is working when you come in from the cold and the inside of your home hardly seems warm, or you’re feeling slightly chilled. Instead of immediately turning up the heat, be patient.
While there’s no problem in increasing the temperature of your home, you should avoid massive increases and instead try to keep the heat flow as consistent as possible. If you feel the heat, your unit is working.
Many people tend to overtax the furnace in colder temperatures. This causes the internal mechanisms to wear out and ultimately break, which can result in costly furnace repairs. Heavy furnace usage (beyond what’s necessary) also drives up your gas and electricity costs.
Insulate Your Home
Remember, the furnace works partially by keeping cold air out, but this work is negated by vents or gaps that allow drafts in the home. Your furnace work harder just to compensate for drafts that bring the frigid air indoors.
The more the furnace has to fight the elements, the more power it drains. You can eliminate these costs by safely insulating key areas. For example, taping gaps in the window frame or simply covering the bottom of the front door are great ways to keep the cold air out.
You can apply similar measures to other air vents as long as these areas don’t generate heat or risk catching fire. This simple, smart HVAC usage step helps your furnace use less energy while also keeping your home warmer. No more having to turn up the heat!
Dress for the Season
One of the simplest and easiest ways to promote smart HVAC usage in winter is to simply dress warmly! Besides saving on energy costs, you’ll probably be more comfortable too.
Of course, you don’t have to wear a coat in the house — (if you do, call us!) — but wearing two layers of warm clothing, like a long-sleeved shirt and a cozy sweater, will help your body create more friction and warm you naturally.
Using hand warmers and heating pads while you work at the computer or enjoy family movie night can be an inexpensive way to beat the cold without having to overtax your HVAC system. When you do go out, you will want to layer up and dress for colder conditions so that when you return home, your core body temperature can readjust more quickly without having to turn the furnace up!
HVAC maintenance is key
In addition to the other power saving strategies, keeping your HVAC unit and furnace well-maintained is the best way to stay ahead forecast cold. Your HVAC system is the primary source for heating and cooling your home, so ultimately, you need it to last and perform effectively.
Regular maintenance is the most cost-effective and proactive step to guarantee the safety and sustainability of your HVAC system. This is even more critical in the months leading up to periods of intense weather!
Working with certified professionals like Exxel helps you ensure that your HVAC system is equipped to keep the house warm without compromising functionality. Our maintenance also saves you money, time, and energy costs in the long run by helping you avoid costly damages or the need to replace the unit(s). Excel also specializes in assessing your energy use and home layout to provide the best solutions for HVAC performance and energy-saving strategies.
Are you experiencing furnace and HVAC problems or concerned about the upcoming winter weather? We offer free consultations to examine your system and give you the best options for quality HVAC performance. Did we mention we also have flexible maintenance plans? Give us a call at (443) 821-1040 to get started!