Although winters in Port St. Lucie, Florida, don’t reach bitterly cold temperatures, it’s still important to have an efficient heating system that works well. Addressing these four possible issues can help you enjoy a warm winter without costing a fortune.
Blockage in Ductwork
A blockage in your ductwork can reduce your heating efficiency. Loose insulation, a buildup of dust, or animal nests can cause impairments to your HVAC system.
If your home uses a forced-air heating system, which includes a furnace or heat pump, then you use ductwork to deliver the heated air throughout your residence. Leaky ductwork can prevent warm air from reaching your rooms evenly and efficiently. You end up leaking heat out of the ducts and into unused areas. Be sure to check for and seal any leaks in your ductwork.
The thermostat regulates the temperature in your house and can affect your heating system’s ability to operate. If the thermostat is in direct sunlight or located near doors and windows, it can read temperatures incorrectly and sense that your home is warmer than it is. Having an old thermostat can also contribute to the furnace’s inefficiency. Upgrade it with a new programmable or smart thermostat and enjoy the latest in technology features.
Dirty Air Filters
As one of the most common causes of inefficient heating with a forced-air system, dirty air filters are one of the easiest problems to fix. When your heater has to work harder just to force air through its filter, it will use more energy. Make sure you replace your filters every one to three months.
It’s important to make sure your heating system runs effectively and efficiently. If you’re worried that your home has inefficient heating, contact Krauss & Crane today to have a professional come out and take a look.
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