Making sure your Woodbridge, Virginia, home always feels comfortable is important. But you need to stay focused on controlling your energy use as well. Finding a good balance between comfort and efficiency can be difficult. Here are a few tips that can help you maintain home comfort during the heating season without wasting energy:
Regularly Change Your Filter
A clogged or dirty filter is one of the most common causes behind poor system efficiency. When your filter becomes clogged, it’ll reduce airflow. As a result, it’ll cause your heating system to expend more energy to heat your home. Always be sure to change your filter based on the manufacturer’s guidelines. Check it more frequently if your home has a significant amount of dust or pet dander.
Address Any Drafty Areas
Air escaping from inside your home can have a negative effect on the efficiency of your heating system. If you’ve noticed drafty areas around doorways, windows or outlets, address them before the colder temperatures hit. It’s simple and inexpensive to:
- Seal windows with extra caulking.
- Add insulation where needed.
- Close the flue on a fireplace you’re not using.
Schedule Your Fall HVAC Maintenance
One of the best ways to improve the efficiency of your heating system is to keep it regularly maintained. Routine professional check-ups can help your system maintain its efficiency in a number of ways.
Your service technician can find problems early on and have them addressed before they lead to major and costly repairs. A service technician will also thoroughly clean your system and check the airflow. As a result, they will make sure there’s nothing causing your system to work harder.
Follow the three tips above to help stay comfortable during the fall and winter months while saving as much energy as you can. Need to schedule your maintenance visit? Contact us at 703-783-0145. Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning will help get your heating system running as efficiently as possible.
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