As the mercury drops, it’s important to start thinking about keeping your home warm this winter. Higher electricity costs make keeping your home cozy more expensive than ever, sending a shiver down most homeowners’ spines. This year, though, you may be able to put a stop to increasing energy bills. By improving your home’s heater efficiency, you can keep heating costs in check while your home stays toasty.
You may need to call in a professional, but these four heater maintenance tips can improve your home’s efficiency.
Tip #1 – Have your heater professionally maintained
Much like your car requires regularly scheduled service, so does your home’s heating system. Each year, schedule a maintenance check before the start of the heating season. Heaters that are maintained regularly are more energy-efficient than those that stay neglected, so these small checks can save a serious chunk of change. Your HVAC technician will perform an overall inspection, make needed adjustments, and advise if any parts should be replaced before the cooler temperatures arrive.
Tip #2 – Don’t forget to change the filter
It is important to remember to clean or replace your heater’s air filter every month during the heating season. You may need to change more frequently if you have animals, as pet dander can clog the filter. A clogged filter reduces airflow to your heater, causing strain on the system and reducing energy efficiency. The risk of having your heater break down on a cold night or an expensive replacement is increased by this extra work, so consider this easy swap.
Tip#3 – Have your ducts inspected and cleaned
Even if you have the most energy efficient heater on the market, leaky ducts are costing you money each month. Your home’s ductwork should be cleaned and inspected every three to five years, depending on how heavily it is used. Properly maintained ducts help maintain adequate airflow in your heating system while producing optimal air quality. An inspection of your ductwork will identify any holes, tears, or loose parts that should be repaired and sealed.
Tip #4 – Invest in caulk and insulation
If it seems that your home is just never warm enough, it may not be your heater. You may need to spend a little time applying caulk around windows, doors, moulding, and other areas that could be leaking in cold air. New caulk could reduce heating costs by 5%, so it is worth the $10 per tube. A poorly insulated attic could also be contributing to your heating woes. If your attic is not properly insulated, warm air from the heater can be sucked up into the empty attic, leaving the rest of your rooms cold. A layer of insulation between your ceiling and attic can save up to 10% on heating costs, and may also prolong the life of your roof.
Be proactive this year and take some time this season to check and repair your home’s heating system before the colder temperatures set in. If the warmer nights aren’t enough incentive, significant savings on your utility bill should be.
Remember, a home warranty from American Home Shield can bring you potential savings when it comes to the overall maintenance of your heating system. Learn more about how you can help protect your budget and keep your family warm.
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