Winter HVAC Tips for Your Home

As we enter the latter part of autumn, we can all count on a couple certainties other than the beautiful fall colors: The holidays are fast approaching, and that means winter will soon be here.

As the weather cools down, you’ll be using more energy from your furnace and electricity. This of course means higher utility bills and the annual winter wear on your HVAC system. Fortunately, there are some ways to maintain warmth and comfort in your home while saving money on your energy costs.

Change your furnace filter and clean the vents

Changing the filter in your furnace every month is one of the easiest and most important parts of HVAC maintenance. This simple task keeps the air moving through the system properly, and traps irritating particles like allergens, dust and dirt.

When you change your air filter, it’s a good time to vacuum the vents. This will keep warm air flowing freely throughout your home and it’s easier to regulate the temperature without overworking the system, which will use more energy.

Let your windows help

Windows are a key energy factor all year long. When it’s cold during the fall and winter months, you can open your curtains during the day to allow sunlight to warm the space. This will keep the room warmer longer, extending the time between the furnace kicking on. Seal any drafty spots in your windows and doors so that heat doesn’t escape. This will help to further save energy.

Adjust your thermostat

When you are at home, it’s a good idea to set the thermostat to the lowest comfortable level to minimize the work your furnace is doing. If you are away from home for longer periods, you can dial the thermostat back several degrees. This will help save on your heating costs over time and reduce daily wear on your HVAC system. You can make this process automatic every day by installing a programmable thermostat.

These are just some simple and effective HVAC tips to maintain comfort while reducing energy costs as the weather gets colder. For more tips on how to maximize your energy efficiency, visit our website or call us at 815-288-7841.

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