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Boost Your Heating Efficiency with These Tips

portrait of Hands of woman holding white paper houseIf you’ve lived through even just one Utah winter, you know that even when it’s unseasonably warm for a stretch, you still need an effective heating system to get you through. As such, we hope that each year you invest in Kaysville, UT HVAC maintenance for your heater to ensure it operates as effectively and efficiently as it should for as long as it should. But is there anything else you can do to use your heater more affordably?

Heaters can only maintain so much efficiency and work so well, even with regular tune-ups, so you may think there’s a limit to how much you can save. But we have some tips that will help you get the most efficient performance you can get from your heater. Even making some small changes to your home can help boost overall efficiency. Keep reading to learn more!

Should You Upgrade Your Heater?

If you have a heating system that’s 15+ years old, it’s going to start experiencing issues. Soon you won’t be able to expect it to perform efficiently at all. We wish we could tell you that your heater will last forever, but that’s simply not the case.

If your budget allows, we definitely recommend looking into a heating system upgrade for an immediate effect on efficiency. But replacing your heater is certainly not your only option!

Efficiency Boosting Tips

  • Have Your Ducts Sealed: You may be surprised by how much conditioned air you can lose from the smallest of breaches in your ductwork. And before you rush out to buy some duct tape at the hardware store, we have to tell you—this material is not actually appropriately named. It won’t hold up to the temperature fluctuations your air ducts go through from season to season.
  • Replace Your Thermostat: A basic manual thermostat may have been all that was available a few decades ago, but it’s not the case anymore. If you are still using one, consider upgrading to a digital thermostat. Taking this one step further and getting a programmable system ensures you have total control over your home’s temperature, allowing you to use your heater more efficiently. Additionally, setting your thermostat a little lower can help improve efficiency too—you could go from setting your home to 72° when you aren’t there to 68° or so.
  • Schedule Maintenance: We mentioned this above, but it can’t be understated! Scheduling maintenance on an annual basis—or biannual, if you have a year-round heat pump system—ensures that our professional technicians have the chance to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust any parts that need it to help your heater perform better.
  • Have Air Leaks Sealed: This is a task you can probably tackle on your own, if you know where you’re losing air or letting it in. Drafts and air leaks around windows and doors are common reasons for inefficient heater use, since you’re paying to heat rooms that are losing heat too quickly.
  • Reverse Your Ceiling Fans: Perhaps you already know that running your ceiling fans during the summer can help distribute air more evenly, meaning you can turn your thermostat up a few degrees, effectively improving its efficient operation. But did you know you can use this same concept in the winter? Simply by reversing the direction of the ceiling fan blades with the flip of a switch near the lighting mount, you can help heat your living space more efficiently.

Contact your HVAC and plumbing experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service today!

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