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Are You Using Your Heater As Efficiently As Possible?


The good news is, if you aren’t or even if you don’t know the answer to this question, there are a lot of great ways to go ahead and boost that efficiency. The best part is that some of the tips we’re about to share don’t cost you anything!

Of course, the one main way to ensure that your heater is working as efficiently as possible is by making sure you stay on top of your heating system maintenance. This is a service that we recommend each fall, before you need the unit the most. But it matters more that you have it done consistently—maintenance should be scheduled every 1-3 months for your HVAC systems during seasons of use.

Aside from maintenance, you can increase that efficiency by:

Using Your Curtains Wisely

Even during the coldest winter days, opening your curtains on south-facing windows can do a world of good. You’re utilizing the free radiant heat from the sun this way, warming up your home naturally so that your heating system won’t run as long. Therefore, you’re using your heater more efficiently!

Taking Advantage of Your Ceiling Fans

When you have a forced air heater, one of the challenges can be having that heat evenly distributed. Heat rises, so if you have high ceilings, such as cathedral ceilings, it can take a long time for the room to reach the temperature you desire.

If you put your ceiling fans in reverse and turn them on, though, that heat is pulled down into your living space, distributing the heat more evenly and allowing your heater to shut off sooner.

Programming Your Thermostat

Setting the right temperature on your thermostat is important for heating efficiency. Just by lowering it by a few degrees at night or when you aren’t home could potentially save you hundreds on annual heating costs!

Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to create heating programs based around their own personal schedules.

Checking and Replacing Your Air Filter

When a furnace’s air filter gets too clogged up with dust, dirt, and other debris, the airflow into the furnace or heat pump is restricted, causing the system to work harder to circulate warm air throughout the household. Changing your air filter every 1-3 months is an effective way to maintain optimal efficiency.

Making Sure Your Ducts Are in Good Shape

Were you aware that up to 30% of the warm air you’re paying for can escape through faulty ductwork? This is another problem that will cause your furnace to work harder and decrease efficiency.

And no, you can’t just grab a roll of duct tape for a DIY project. Professional duct sealing is the only way to go if you want to boost heating efficiency and effectively seal your ducts.

Following the steps above will certainly help boost heating efficiency and lower your heating bills as a result. Remember, you should also keep an eye and ear out for potential repair needs, since the smallest of problems can quickly turn into something bigger, and costlier. If your heater is blowing out cold air, making strange or unfamiliar noises, or if you notice your utility bills are much higher than they were this time last year—it’s time to give us a call!

Contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration for your heating service needs in Santa Fe, NM and beyond.

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