You’d probably be surprised to find out that there are three or four easy steps you can take to lower the heating bills this winter in your Houston area home. By tackling these tasks, homeowners can exercise more control over energy bills.
- Clear the registers. If furniture, curtains, rugs or other objects are covering any part of your home’s forced-air registers, it will impact the heating and cooling in that room. These obstructions can also adversely affect the overall efficiency and performance of your HVAC system. Most HVAC systems are carefully designed to supply a precise amount of airflow in a home, so if some rooms are cut off from that flow of air or from returning air back to the system, there’s potential to throw the whole system out of whack. Finally, moving air that hits the dead end of a blocked register is more likely to force open leaks in the ductwork.
- Inspect and clean the air filter. No matter what type of air filter you use for your furnace, heat pump or A/C, if it’s not inspected and changed on a regular basis, it will restrict airflow and have other negative effects. Talk to your professional HVAC technician about which air filters are best for your system.
- Keep track of the thermostat. If it’s an older manual model, consider upgrading to a programmable model. If you’re like a lot of people and leave the thermostat at the same temperature 24/7, you’re wasting energy and resigning yourself to high energy bills. A thermostat should be programmed or adjusted to provide less conditioned air during times when the house is empty or you’re sleeping.
For more tips on reducing the energy bills in your Houston area home, or for questions to other home comfort concerns, please contact the HVAC experts at ACS Absolute Comfort.
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