Although St. Marys, GA, has mild winter weather, you most likely use your home’s heating system every day. Even if your heater keeps you warm, you shouldn’t settle for airflow or efficiency problems. Don’t miss out on these tried-and-true tips for simultaneously improving energy efficiency and airflow issues:
Unblock the Vents
Most people have blocked their home’s vents in the name of saving money. Closing vents creates imbalanced airflow, often resulting in unevenly heated rooms and homes. It also stresses your HVAC system, reducing energy efficiency.
Experiment With Ceiling Fan Settings
Whether you love or hate them, ceiling fans can substantially impact your home’s airflow. They’re important with respect to energy efficiency, too.
Ceiling fans have switches that reverse the direction they spin. Typically, you’ll find these switches on the motor — the big, round component immediately above the blades. Fans should spin clockwise when it’s cold out, generating upward airflow.
During colder months, always set your ceiling fans on slow speeds. This will keep you from experiencing the wind chill effect, keeping you warmer.
Replace Your Filters
Some of the most important yet neglected parts of any home, air filters are integral to proper in-home airflow. Professionals recommend changing your HVAC system’s air filters monthly during times of heavy use.
Changing your HVAC system’s filters can have wide-ranging benefits. Regularly changing air filters extends your system’s life, reduces energy costs, boosts HVAC efficiency and improves indoor air quality.
Check for Drafts
No home is immune to drafts. Although they typically sneak in near doors and windows, drafts can come from anywhere. If you’re having trouble hunting drafts down, try using smoke or water vapor to locate them.
Ed’s Comfort Solutions is a regional provider of HVAC services, including HVAC maintenance and indoor air quality control. Why go at it alone? Call our team to maintain your HVAC system for optimum energy efficiency and airflow.
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