We all want our homes to be as comfortable as possible. However, it can be hard to find that balance between staying cozy and keeping the keeping bill low. So how can you keep your home warm without wasting energy? Check out these five common HVAC mistakes that drive up your heating bill, and the simple tweaks you can make to avoid them.
Forgetting to Change Your Air Filter
Air filters are a crucial part of your heating and cooling system. They’re designed to keep dust and other particles out of the air you breathe and keep your HVAC system clean.
An HVAC mistake is not changing your air filter regularly. Dust and debris build up inside the unit and reduce its ability to effectively cool or heat your home. This can also cause premature wear on parts of the system, which will increase your energy bills.
The Thermostat is in the Wrong Place
When thinking about home energy efficiency, the thermostat is one of the most important components in your home.
The best place for your thermostat is in the middle of your home or in a room you frequent the most. And avoid placing it upstairs. Heat rises, so you won’t get an accurate reading.
Forgetting HVAC Tune-Ups
One way to help keep your heating costs down is by having a tune-up on your furnace.
- Increased efficiency – A properly tuned-up furnace burns fuel more efficiently, which reduces emissions and helps keep down utility bills.
- Reduced wear – The furnace’s internal parts are kept clean during the process, reducing wear on moving parts and extending their life span.
Closing Registers and Vents
Closing the vents and registers in your home is a popular practice when it’s cold outside. But is it really necessary?
The truth is that closing your vents and registers can make your home less efficient and lead to mold growth in the ducts.
It also increases wear on your furnace — resulting in more repairs down the road.
Adjusting the Thermostat Too Much
As the winter months approach, turning up the heat to keep warm is tempting. But what you may not know is that increasing your thermostat setting doesn’t actually make your house any more comfortable.
But there’s also a third option: adjusting the temperature on your heating system itself, so it doesn’t have to work as hard.
Save money on your energy bills this winter by booking an HVAC tune-up with the experts at ASI, the White Glove Guys.