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HVAC Tips: Improving Heating Efficiency

opening-furnaceWe live in Connecticut. It’s already October. You know where we’re going with this, right? Winter is going to be here before you know it. Is your heater ready? Even if it is ready for action, are you sure that it is going to function in the efficient manner that it needs to in order to keep your home not only comfortable, but to also do so in an affordable manner?

The fact of the matter is that every heating system has limits on just how efficiently it can work. If you have a system that is not particularly efficient, we cannot somehow convince it to suddenly boost its limits. What we can do, however, is help you to get the most efficient performance that it can muster, while also making a few simple changes to help boost overall efficiency when heating your home. Take these tips from our Stamford, CT HVAC pros in mind. 

Heating Your Home Efficiently

Okay, so the most obvious way in which to heat your home more efficiently is simply to upgrade your heater and replace it with a more efficient system. That’s a great option for those that can afford it. That is also the minority of homeowners, truth be told. The good news is that you don’t need a full replacement to scale back on heating costs this year.

  • Seal your air ducts – do you use a forced air heating system, such as a furnace, to heat your home? If so, a problem with efficiency is not necessarily a result of the system itself. It could be with the heat delivery system. If your ducts are leaking, having them professionally sealed can help you to heat your home more efficiently.
  • Upgrade your thermostat – still using a basic manual thermostat to heat your home? Just upgrading to a digital model will help you to set temperatures more accurately, while opting for a programmable thermostat means that you can cater your heater’s performance to your schedule. Working with a professional technician will ensure that your thermostat is compatible with your heater.
  • Schedule a tune-up – if you’ve visited this blog before, then you’ve no doubt seen us talk about how important it is to schedule annual heating maintenance. There is no better way in which to keep your system working at its optimal performance and efficiency levels. “Minor” operational issues may not cause the system to break down immediately, but they can definitely inhibit heating efficiency.
  • Seal air leaks – a tube of caulking can go a long way in preventing unwanted heat transfer out of your home during the winter. It can also prevent heat gain during the summer. If you have drafts and air leaks, seal them up yourself or consider scheduling an energy audit to improve your home’s performance.
  • Reverse ceiling fans – ceiling fans should lie dormant throughout the winter. Yes, they can be used to supplement your AC. They can also help to distribute heated air back down into your living space throughout the winter, though. Just find the switch that will reverse the fan’s rotation. It should be going in a clockwise direction when heating your home.

Let Celco Heating and Air Conditioning handle all of your heating service needs.

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