If you’ve lived in the Anaheim area for very long, you know that we tend to be thought of for our wonderful weather, and our heating systems don’t get much of a workout at all. You also know though, that this winter has been a bit of a surprise with temps hovering between 40-60° for the last several weeks.
Let’s face it, we need our heaters this year! But if you’re like any reasonable homeowner, you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to use yours. You have to spend enough on your cooling costs each year, wintertime is supposed to be when we get a break from our utility bills, right?
The good news is, there are some simple things you can do to boost your heating efficiency, lowering these costs and even preventing repair needs. Curious? Read on!
Get Your Heating Maintenance Done!
Heating maintenance is something we recommend our customers get each fall before they need their furnaces and heat pumps the most. But what’s more important than when you get it done is how often you get it done. Consistency is key here—professional heating maintenance should be completed once a year.
Lower the Temperature on Your Thermostat
You may be wondering why we’d say this, but bear with us. We aren’t asking you to suffer in silence in your homes this winter. But you may be keeping your thermostat higher than you really need to.
A higher thermostat setting won’t provide your home with heat any faster. It just keeps the system running longer, meaning it wears down on the system more. The general recommendation in the wintertime is keeping your thermostat at 68°F, and even lower when you’re sleeping or not home.
Clear Obstructions from Vents
Your furnace or heat pump vents can suffer from dust buildup, or even become blocked from things like furniture, backpacks, toys, etc. This impacts the airflow coming into your living space, leading to less comfort and a heater that has to work too hard to do its job.
Change the Air Filter
The air filter that comes with your HVAC system upon installation is there to protect the system and the blower fan from dirt, dust, and other debris that gets drawn in. The filter gets congested after 1-3 months depending on filter type and the level of contaminants in your home. But changing your air filter is fairly simple, and it’s the one HVAC maintenance task you can do on your own.
Open Your Curtains
We may have winter this year, but we also still have sunshine. Take advantage of it! Open the curtains of your south-facing windows and let the warmth in. You’ll find that the temperature in your home will raise enough that your furnace won’t even need to run as often. This is an easy and free way to boost your heating efficiency.