The air has turned crisp and the trees are turning, which means fall has arrived! Temperatures are falling and will continue to descend toward winter, and now is the perfect time to make sure your HVAC system is ready and able to handle the incoming temperature swing. As HVAC experts, we understand what needs to be done, and we want to take today’s blog to share some of our most helpful insights.
Temperatures Are Falling: Tips for HVAC Efficiency
Make sure your home is sealed up.
Windows and doors are infamous for leaking air during the winter. Just because you keep them closed doesn’t mean they’re doing their job well! You can check the bases of the windows and doors, and if you find leaks, weatherstripping and caulking can solve the problem without breaking the bank or requiring a lot of experience. Depending on how leaky your home was, you may see savings of 10 to 15 percent on your energy bill thanks to some inexpensive construction materials.
Make sure the air filter gets changed.
Your air filter protects your system from a bunch of contaminants. Once it gets clogged, your system has to work harder to move air. This not only drives your energy bills up, but it can also shorten the lifespan of your system. Changing your air filter every month can save you from five to 15 percent on your energy bills while ensuring your home’s air quality remains at its best.
Be mindful of carbon monoxide risks.
Our windows tend to be shut up all winter, and even though your HVAC system brings in some fresh air, you’ll breathe a lot of recycled air in the cold months. Needless to say, it’s important for that air to be as clean as possible. Unfortunately, furnaces can produce a bunch of carbon monoxide, a toxic gas that is both colorless and scentless. Because we can’t detect the gas with our senses, people often don’t realize their furnaces are malfunctioning and pouring carbon monoxide into their homes until it’s too late. Around 400 people die each year as a result of unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. You not only need a detector installed in your home, but you should have your furnace professionally checked out to make sure that it’s functioning correctly.
Invest in your thermostat.
As the brains of your HVAC system, your thermostat has the ability to save you a bunch of money this fall. It also has the power to drive your costs needlessly high. It is very important for a professional to check out your thermostat to ensure it is calibrated correctly. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, we highly recommend you invest in one. You’ll gain the ability to make your system conserve energy while you don’t need it to be running.
Invest in an affordable tuneup from James Brown Air Conditioning and Heating.
Gaining peace of mind about your HVAC system can be effortless: just give us a call. We will carefully check your system over to make sure it’s ready to roll and be completely transparent with you about what we find. Contact us in Charlotte today!