Does your heat bill increase dramatically every month? Is it twice as high as it was last year?
If so, we can help. Or rather, you can help.
Below, we’ve written you a complete guide on how you can reduce your heating bill through proper HVAC maintenance. Firstly, we’ll show you some very simple DIY steps you should already be doing.
Additionally, you do need the help of professional HVAC maintenance at regular intervals. So, this guide also explains how often you need this professional maintenance and why it’s necessary.
In short, these tips will greatly improve the efficiency of your HVAC and lower your monthly utility bills. Read on to discover more.
1. Change Your Filter Every 1-3 Months
Changing your air filter when it gets full is the most essential HVAC maintenance step there is. It must be changed every 3 months, minimum.
If it isn’t, it gets clogged with all the dust and other debris that it removes from your indoor air. With this blockage in the way, the air can’t flow and the system can’t function properly.
Even so, the HVAC works extra hard trying to function. This wears down the system faster and causes loads of other HVAC problems.
You’ll find the filter located within the indoor unit of your HVAC, usually in the garage or a closet/hallway. In any case, it’s not hard to access it.
The filter you use should say how long it lasts. Regardless, you should check it every month and replace it if it looks too soiled. Also, note that the filter fills up more quickly during periods of heavy use.
2. Check Your Thermostat (And Your Household)
Next, test all the features and functions of your thermostat bi-yearly. Specifically, test it just before summer and winter.
If it’s working fine, be sure to program it appropriately so it doesn’t run excessively. For example, you don’t need to keep it set at 68 degrees all day if the home will be empty for 8 hours.
Furthermore, make sure that everyone in the house agrees on a single plan for the thermostat settings. You can’t run your heater efficiently if everyone else keeps changing your settings.
On the other hand, you may notice that the thermostat isn’t working correctly. In this case, consider replacing your thermostat.
3. Get Professional HVAC Maintenance Bi-Yearly
Finally, it’s important to schedule bi-yearly HVAC maintenance in spring and fall. This way, an HVAC professional can detect any problems that need repairing before the hottest and coldest months of the year. Besides that, detecting/fixing these problems early on keeps your HVAC running at its maximum efficiency.
Lower Your Heat Bill With Proper HVAC Maintenance
There’s no reason to let your heat bill skyrocket through the roof. Prevent this by practicing proper HVAC maintenance according to these tips.
Lastly, don’t forget the tip about scheduling professional HVAC maintenance. Contact us here to schedule an appointment, get a quote, and/or inquire about our services. For more than 10 years, we’ve provided reliable heating and cooling services in Woodstock, Canton, Kennesaw, and Acworth, Georgia.