Although the temperatures don’t drop too low during the winter in Leesburg, Florida, it’s a cooler time of year. That means you may rely on your home’s heating system. Boost HVAC efficiency during the cooler months by following these simple tips:
Use Your Ceiling Fans
In Florida, most homes are built with ceiling fans in the majority of the bedrooms and living spaces. During the cooler months, reverse the direction of the fans so that they rotate in a clockwise direction. Keep them running in the rooms you’re in to keep air moving.
Ceiling fans don’t do much if you’re not in the room. Therefore, you should turn them off when you leave to avoid wasting electricity.
Seal the Gaps
Gaps and cracks around windows and doors can allow for heat transfer. As a result, they can decrease the efficiency of your home’s HVAC system and cost you more in monthly bills. Use weatherstripping to seal the gaps around the exterior doors and caulk to eliminate cracks around windows. You can also have your ductwork tested for leaks, as damaged ducts can account for significant air loss.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
It’s important to schedule a furnace maintenance service with an HVAC service technician at least once during the heating season. Annual tune-ups are crucial to your system’s overall functionality and efficiency.
During the service, the service technician will inspect all the components within the unit and perform any necessary repairs. Without routine maintenance, your HVAC system will cost you in energy and repairs.
Change the Filter
Your furnace contains a filter that all air flows through before it moves into the heating chamber. When the filter clogs with dirt and debris, the system won’t operate nearly as efficiently. As a result, it’ll have to work harder to keep the air flowing, which wastes energy and raises your bills.
Make sure to change your filter as often as is recommended by your unit’s manufacturer. That’s usually every 30 to 90 days.
Schedule a tune-up to boost HVAC efficiency through the cooler months. Contact Sun Kool Air Conditioning, Inc. at (352) 330-1067.
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