Avoiding Heating Mistakes: Thermostats, Air Filters and Empty Homes

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There are a few common areas homeowners tend to prioritize when it comes to their heating and air conditioning systems, and the two more important also relate to one another: Keeping the home comfortable while also limiting monthly HVAC bills. There are several things homeowners can do to optimize the efficiency of their HVAC system and save money without sacrificing even an ounce of comfort, and one of the tools available to you here is the use of professional HVAC service plan.

At Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., We offer a wide range of both cooling and heating services, from furnace and heat pump installation to repair, maintenance and tune-ups.

Not only will we keep your home’s system working optimally, we’ll also share our expertise. We are happy to help our clients avoid a number of common heating mistakes that might detract from comfort, heating cost management or both.

This multi-part blog series will go over several areas to keep in mind.

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Thermostat Strain

No one likes coming home to a cold house, whether you forgot to set the thermostat before leaving or some other issue caused the temperature in your home to drop while you were away. Some homeowners, however, may respond to this situation by cranking the thermostat up very high – the assumption being that the higher you set the number, the faster your system will heat.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Thermostats are designed to trigger the heating system to heat up evenly and at a continuous rate, no matter the amount they need to raise the temperature by. All you’re doing by setting a really high number is forcing the heater to run for longer than it otherwise would have, which will cost you more.

Heating an Empty Home

Speaking of those who are often out of the home, whether for work, school or some other obligation, utilizing your thermostat effectively is important. If there are several hours each day where no one is home the thermostat can be set to a much lower temperature in winter. There are several different types of thermostats from simple programmable to smart thermostat that connect to your Wi-Fi and can be controlled via your phone—even from a remote location.

Irrespective of which you thermostat you choose, reducing the temperate while you are away and programming the heating system to kick in before you plan to come home avoids the unnecessary use of energy and expense to heat and empty house.

Air Filter Issues

Air filters in the HVAC system should be changed regularly throughout the year, and the winter period is no exception here. On addition to risking poor air quality, clogged air filters will also limit your heater’s ability to pass air through the system properly, forcing the system to work even harder just to create the same level of heat.

Regular filter replacement is a simple homeowner task that can save you money in the long run by reducing energy usage and reducing the wear and tear on your HVAC system.

For more on heating mistakes to avoid with both your comfort and your utility bill in mind, or to learn about any of our HVAC services, speak to the staff at Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today.

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