Keep Vents & Grills Clean Keep all vents clean. On your return Air Filter grill vacuum the grill each month when you change your filters.
Clear Around Vents Make sure the areas around your vents are clear so that nothing blocks your air flow on both outlets and return air grilles. Drapes and furniture can effectively block air from coming into the room. Check that the dampers are open all the way in your vents.
Thermostat Placement Don’t place lamps, TV sets or other heat-producing appliances near the thermostat. The thermostat senses the heat causing the air conditioner to run longer than necessary . When installing a new thermostat don’t place it in a location where the sun shines on it directly.
Assess Your Ductwork. Have a technician check your ductwork for any needed repairs or replacement. A leaky duct can zap 20%-40% of your A/C system’s energy.
Never use your gas oven for heating. Prolonged use of the open oven in a closed house burns oxygen, thereby causing improper combustion of gas that creates monoxide gas.
Over time furnaces can develop small cracks in the combustion chamber. These cracks may not be visible to the naked eye. It is through these cracks that carbon monoxide can leak into your home. Also, furnaces that require lubrication on the motors and bearings should be checked by your heating technician once a year.
Replace or Clean Your Furnace Filter You should replace or clean your furnace’s filter two to three times a year. This is a quick and easy job. A new filter makes your furnace more energy efficient and saves you money too.
If you are thinking of replacing your air conditioning system, consider a system with a higher seer (seasonal energy efficiency rating). A less efficient system will cost you more to run versus a system with a higher seer. The initial cost of the system is higher, but you will recoup your money investment in lower …
Before each winter you should have a service technician check your heat strips in your electrical heat system to make sure all heat strips are working. Electric heaters have multiple heat strips and are controlled separately. If all strips are not working your heat bill would be high the normal. If you have gas heater …
When changing your air conditioner filters use the regular poly filters as opposed to pleated filters, unless you have allergies. The pleated air conditioning filters work well to reduce dust and pollen. However, your system works harder for air flow using the pleated filters. Using the inexpensive poly filters will prolong the life of your …