The leaves are not the only thing that begins to fall once autumn hits. The temperatures also begin to slowly creep downward. Before you know it, it will be cold and you will rely on your home's heating unit, such an HVAC unit, furnace, or heater, to keep your home comfortable. Now is the perfect time to take action and begin preparing your heating system for winter. Here are a few of the steps you can take to increase the efficiency of your home's heating system once you turn your unit on.
Change the Filter in Your Heater and in Your Duct System
One of the first things that you should do to increase the efficiency of your heating unit is to change the filter in your unit and change the filter in your duct system. If the filters are dirty and clogged, it can prevent air from flowing through the unit. This means that there is less air entering your unit, which means less heat is entering your home. The unit has to work longer to heat enough air to properly heat your home, which increases your energy bill.
Ensure Your Ceiling Fans Are Rotating in a Clockwise Manner
One of the lesser-known ways that you can increase the efficiency of your heating unit is to ensure your ceiling fans are rotating in a clockwise manner. When your fan is rotating in a counter-clockwise manner, it helps to keep your home cooler. When the blades are rotating in a clockwise manner, it helps to distribute the warm air in your home, helping your space to stay and feel warmer.
Change up Your Thermostat Settings
Prior to turning your heater on for the first time, take the time to change the settings on your thermostat. Many people forget to do this after summer, so you want to ensure your settings are correct. Allowing your home to heat slowly throughout the day is more energy-efficient than running the heater for a prolonged period of time as soon as you get home to a cold house.
Have Your Heating Unit Inspected and Maintained
The final way that you can increase the efficiency of your heating unit is to have your unit inspected and maintained in the fall. This helps to ensure the unit is running properly and as efficiently as possible.
Each of these steps can help to increase the efficiency of your home's heating system. This helps to decrease the amount of energy the unit expends to heat your home and helps to extend the lifespan of your unit. If your unit needs to be inspected and maintained, or if you know that repairs are needed, contact a heating company today to schedule your service appointment.