Many people think that turning your furnace or AC systems off when you leave your home can save money during the day, but that is not true. When your system gets turned off all day, it will have to work harder to get back to the right temperature when it is turned on, especially in extreme weather conditions. Not only does this lead to higher energy bills, but it can also create extra strain on your system.
If you want to avoid coming home to uncomfortable heating or cooling settings, but also want to avoid running your system at capacity all day, we recommend investing in a programmable thermostat. This technology will allow you to turn down your system while you are gone without shutting it off completely. You can also schedule it to turn back on before you get back so you don’t come home feeling uncomfortable. Not only will you be saving the sacrifice of your comfort, but you will also be able to give your system and wallet a break without jeopardizing the efficiency.
During extreme weather conditions, it is vital to keep all of your windows and doors shut. If you have to leave your house, try to get in and out without opening the door as far as it can go. Letting in outdoor heat or cold can interfere with the temperatures inside your house and cause your system to work harder to reach the right temperature. Keeping your indoor air contained as much as possible maintains the air quality in your home, keeps your system from overworking, and saves money on your monthly energy bills.
If you haven't checked the filter in your system, now is a great time to do so. Make sure that your air filter is clean and facing the correct direction. A clean air filter will help your system run more efficiently and prevent any breakdowns, especially in extreme weather conditions!
Ensuring that you get annual maintenance will prevent potential breakdowns from happening. Annual maintenance will ensure that your system is in good working condition and will take care of tasks that prepare your home for extreme weather conditions. If you do not currently get annual maintenance, we highly recommend it!
These are a few tips that we recommend during the cold and hot months. Call us for any heating needs, and we look forward to seeing you for maintenance when it warms up in the summer. You can reach us at 515-965-7272 or visit 72degrees.com for more information.