When the cold season kicks in, you’ll have to switch from your air conditioning system to furnace, which probably means incurring higher energy costs. Fortunately, you don’t have to break the bank to keep your family comfortable this cold season if you follow these instructions. Read on to learn how you can boost your HVAC efficiency this winter in your Cave Springs, AR, home.
1. Perform a Thermostat Upgrade
Upgrading to a smart thermostat allows you to have total control over your HVAC system. You can make your system work less when you aren’t at home during the fall and winter seasons because the thermostat allows you to customize your heating schedule. The smart thermostat also gives you more energy-saving options that you can control from anywhere through your smartphone.
2. Seal the Air Leaks
Your attic or basement might develop air leaks that can cause air to escape, leading to unnecessary energy loss. As the cold season approaches, you should ensure that the insulation covers the attic area and other places where leaks are likely to develop. If you notice any leaks on the windows and doors, you should contact an HVAC technician to cover the leaks with caulk, expandable foam or weatherstripping.
To test for air leaks around the electrical outlets, doors and windows, you can try turning on all the exhaust fans and holding an incense stick around those areas. If you notice the smoke blowing sideways, it’s an indication that you have leaks that need sealing. However, our contractor can perform a blower door test to identify these air leaks.
3. Perform Annual Maintenance Services
Scheduling annual maintenance for your HVAC system is the best thing you can do to improve its efficiency and reduce unnecessary costly repairs and high utility costs. With time, your heating and cooling system components tend to age, reducing their inefficiency.
During the annual tune-up service, our technician will diagnose any potential issues and fix them before they’re out of hand. You could also receive a winter maintenance discount. If you reside in Cave Springs, AR, contact us at George’s Refrigeration & Heating and schedule HVAC maintenance before the cold season kicks in.
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