Winter is hitting hard this year – all the way down to even the southern states! That means that furnaces are on and running hard to keep us and our families warm and safe. But is your furnace ready for the challenges of this brutal winter? Here are 4 tips that will keep your HVAC running smooth and efficiently, keeping you and your family warm and cozy all winter long.
1. Clean or Replace the Air Filter
As we’ve mentioned before, keeping your air filter clean is a key part of maintaining your HVAC system, which is why it is so important to understand air filters and their function. Dirty, clogged air filters can make your furnace work harder than it needs to, driving up energy bills for no reason. They can even cause system malfunctions and equipment damage. Just as the southern states don’t want their AC to go out in the dead of summer, those of us that are braving this brutal winter don’t want to be without heat when it’s cold. Air filters should be checked at least once a month. If they are dirty they should be changed with a fresh clean air filter. US Home Filters has a vast selection of furnace filters to fit your needs! Make sure you have some on hand to make monthly maintenance stress free.
2. Clean the Air Vents
As we vacuum our home to get the dust and particles off the floor and carpet, its important to do the same to the air vents. As the air passes through your HVAC system, most of the contaminants and particulates are trapped in the air filter; however, some pass through and over time, leading to a build up in the duct work. Vacuuming out the air vents helps prevent blockages and indoor air quality problems, as well as maintain a consistent temperature in your home. According to epa.gov, a thorough cleaning of the air vents is recommended if the ducts are clogged with an excessive amount of dust and debris. If this is the case in your home, its best to call a professional to clean your air vents. Otherwise, a quick vacuum should be sufficient to keep things running smoothly.
3. Add Some Insulation
You may not realize it, but insulation plays a large role in the efficiency of the HVAC system in your home. Insulation is the thermal barrier of your home, keeping heat out during the summer and in during the winter. The more heat you keep in your house, the less work your furnace has to do to keep the temperature inside your house consistent. Check your attic to make sure there is adequate insulation. There are many types of insulation – if you think yours needs to be replaced or added to, don’t hesitate to call a professional to check and make sure your home’s insulation is adequate and efficient. The savings on your power or energy bill over time in most cases can justify the cost of adding additional insulation to your home.
4. Check Your Thermostat
Always make sure your thermostat has a fresh set of batteries. To save energy, it is recommended to set your thermostat at a cooler temperature when you are sleeping or not at home. According to energy.gov, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. Programmable thermostats are recommended as it takes the guess work and human error out of the mix – you set the time for the temperature to change every day and walk away – no having to remember to adjust before you leave for work or go to bed. This helps keep your thermostat set on the most efficient and energy efficient settings all season long.
US Home Filter Carries AC Filters to Fit All HVAC Units
No matter which HVAC system you have, every unit needs a quality filter that fits properly in order to keep your indoor air quality clean and your unit running at its maximum efficiency. US Home Filter can supply you with the best and most efficient HVAC filter available! Changing the filter in your furnace is as important as changing the oil in your car and US Home Filter makes filters that fit all AC/HVAC units. From standard to custom air filters, to whole-house filters, grille filters and humidifier filters, we have all of your filter needs covered!
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Selecting the filters that are just right for your home can be difficult and confusing at times. At US Home Filter we understand this, which is why we offer an experienced staff to help answer any questions you may have. For personal assistance with your air filter needs, please contact us now online or call us at (855) 237-1673 and we will do our very best to assist you in selecting the right filter for your individual needs.We want to earn your business and we guarantee your satisfaction! Take advantage of our quality products, vast selection, low prices, and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on every air filter order within the Contiguous USA.