Some homeowners dread the heating seasons because of the higher energy consumption. Fortunately, by avoiding certain things, you can enjoy the season in comfort without worrying about your utility bills. In today’s post, local air conditioner repair and installation contractor J&M shares common heating mistakes that you should avoid.
Heating an empty house. If you have family members who are frontliners, or who are otherwise required to go back to work, then your home is probably unoccupied for most of the day. If this is the case, you’ll
If you haven’t done so, install a programmable thermostat, preferably one that lets you program weekday and weekend cycles. Set it so that your heating is turned down when you’re away, then turned back up just before you return.
Turning off the heat when you go out. It may sound counter-intuitive, but turning off the heat every time you leave your house won’t result in savings on your utility bills. Turning the HVAC system off and on, as opposed to keeping it running and using a thermostat, increases the strain on the system, which may affect its lifespan and necessitate frequent air conditioner repair appointments. The repeated on-off cycles also tend to consume more electricity.
Not locking your windows. No matter how energy-efficient your windows are, leaving them unlocked defeats this very purpose. Today’s windows utilize a combination of weather stripping, locking mechanisms, and double or triple-pane glass to prevent heat from leaking. While cracking the windows open for several minutes a day helps flush out indoor air pollutants, make sure to lock them after.
Neglecting maintenance. Keeping up with scheduled maintenance helps keep your heating system running reliably over its service life. Most types of heating systems are supposed to be inspected and maintained once a year. This may be done at a cost, but consider the savings in repair costs, as well as avoiding voided warranties. If your HVAC technician offers a service maintenance agreement, which pre-books future maintenance appointments, consider signing up for it.
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J&M is your leading provider of air conditioning repair and installation services. Give us a call at (951) 654 3464 or (760) 253-9631. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Hemet, CA, and surrounding communities.