November 17, 2020

Winter will have you running your heater almost constantly, but there are still ways you can minimize the expense. The important thing is to make your system and your home as energy-efficient as possible. Below are some relevant tips.

Insulation and Weatherstripping

You want your home to keep the warm air in, and it does this when it’s well-insulated. Have an expert determine your insulation levels in the attic and walls. The technician may recommend more insulation or thicker insulation.

Warm air can escape through doors, windows, fireplaces and ducts, among other places. This is where weatherstripping—the sealing of cracks and openings—comes in. Materials include foam tape, vinyl gaskets and caulking.

Programming the Thermostat

How often a heating system switches on will affect its efficiency. Many unwisely let their systems run all day, even while they are asleep or away for home. If you own a programmable thermostat, you’ll want the system to be dormant during those two times and have it switch on about 30 minutes before waking up or returning home.

Cleaning the Heating System

Heat pumps, mini-splits and furnaces have filters in them to keep the interior components clean and functioning at their peak. But filters need replacing, some every three months and others each month. Fortunately, it’s a DIY task.

Professional Heating Maintenance

Not all maintenance tasks are DIY, so if you desire the most energy-efficient performance, you need to request a professional tune-up. This will cover all sorts of things like airflow testing, temperature checks, electrical wiring checks and the cleaning of coils and other components. Technicians could calibrate the thermostat, too, to ensure more accurate readings of the indoor temperature.

Serving Homeowners Since 1987

If you live in El Paso, TX, you can depend on HighRidge Home Services & Construction for annual heating maintenance. That’s not all, though. We’re available 24/7 for emergency repairs. We even perform home energy audits and install doors, windows and flooring. Our technicians are continually trained and highly experienced. Call us today to consult with one of them.

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