HVAC Do’s and Dont’s for Winter

HVAC Do’s and Dont’s for Winter

We all want to maximize the savings on our monthly heating and cooling bills.  As a homeowner, it’s important to learn the right things to do around your home that will lead to reduced energy consumption.  Here are some do’s and dont’s you should follow to help get your HVAC system running at peak energy efficiency.

Do:

  •       Invest in a programmable thermostat, and customize programs that meet your home’s heating and cooling needs.
  •   Clean your air filter regularly.
  •   Check the insulation in your attic.
  •    Check your carbon monoxide detectors.
  •     Keep all flammable items away from the furnace.
  •     Properly seal doors and windows.  Check for worn weather stripping and caulk, and replace as needed.
  •   Use under door draft stoppers to keep temperature-controlled air inside your home.
  •  Check your chimney for loose bricks and cracks.  If repairs are needed, schedule them with a certified repair professional.
  •   Consider updating to a more energy efficient HVAC system, if your current system is old or in disrepair.  Excessive dust in your home, rising energy bills,  rooms that are too hot or too cold, and excessive noise emanating from your system are all signs that your current HVAC system may need replacement.
  •      Schedule a professional inspection with a qualified HVAC technician.

Don’t:

  •  Wait for the first cold night to turn on your heat.  You don’t want to get left in the cold one icy morning!  Test it while it’s still warm outside.
  •   Turn on the heat if your system is still set to AC.
  •   Turn off the heat when it’s cold out, even if you’ll be away for awhile.  Keep it set to at least 55 degrees to prevent your pipes from freezing.
  •   Use a space heater as your primary heating source.
  •   Significantly change the temperature in the room your thermostat is located.  This will likely cause your system to think your home is hotter or colder than it really is.
  •   Close off vents or registers.
  •   Make major DIY repairs to your HVAC system.  A job this important is better left to professionals.

By following these simple suggestions, you should see a noticeable drop in your HVAC system’s energy consumption.  If you don’t, give us a call here at Synergy Service of Nashville.   We’ll use our professional experience and expertise to take all the guess work out of your repairs.