If you understand the basics behind how home heating systems work, you will better be able to implement strategies that will help you save on your utility bills. Without diving into the complexities of each component, you can get a big picture view of how everything operates.
There are three main components to home heating systems: the heat source, a distribution method for the warm air and a regulatory device. This usually translates to a furnace, boiler or heat pump, the ductwork and thermostat. When one is not up to par, the entire system suffers and will not be operating at full potential.
The key to saving money on your utility costs is minimizing the workload for the system. This means that you require less fuel and you will spend less. This also helps to stretch the longevity of your heating system by eliminating a lot of the wear and tear it would go through otherwise. Here are a few simple ways to improve the performance of each component.
Change Your Air Filters Regularly
When you leave your filters in for too long, they get saturated with the pollutants that they’ve captured from your air. This prevents air from flowing through easily and causes your air system to be overworked. It will have to create a much stronger blast of air which can not only spikes energy costs but can dislodge contaminants and decrease your indoor air quality.
Patch Up Ductwork
Leaky ducts that let air escape into unnecessary areas like your attic can cause you to lose up to 30 percent of your air before it makes it to your air registers. Using duct mastic, you can quickly patch up these holes and improve their overall performance.
An efficient cleaning of all the components in your heating system is the best way to keep it working optimally. It also protects you from unexpected breakdowns.
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