Save Money for Gifts by Lowering Heating Costs
For most families, budgets start to tighten as the winter returns. This is mainly for two reasons: the expectation of holiday gift-giving and higher heating costs. This is especially true of Fargo winters that can send heating bills soaring. For that reason, the number one goal of homeowners should be to keep their heaters and furnaces running at peak efficiency to make sure that their heating bills stay as low as possible.
The best way to do this is to schedule HVAC maintenance before the heating season is in full swing to ensure everything with the furnace is working its best.
When Did You Last Change Your Air Filter?
Regular air filter changes are the best thing a homeowner can do to protect their heating system. Changing an air filter is the easiest and most frequent step in HVAC maintenance. A fresh filter pulls dust out of indoor air and improves its quality. It also allows the full volume of air to flow across the furnace’s burner to ensure thorough and efficient heating.
Failing to change the filter regularly can raise heating bills. It does this by allowing dirt and grime to build up on blower fans that prevent them from moving the optimal quantities of air. It also can cause premature failure of moving parts because they get dirty and wear out faster.
Filters should be changed at least every three months. If a home has pets of occupants with respiratory issues, they may need to be changed as often as monthly.
Upgrade To a Programmable Thermostat
One of the best technologies for saving money during the winter is a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat is a digital device that can be programmed to only heat the home when it is occupied. It is always cheaper and more energy-efficient to set a thermostat low when no one is home, then heat the home to a level of comfort when the family is home. A programmable thermostat can handle this automatically.
Most programmable thermostats are digital and can be connected to wifi. This allows a homeowner to control their thermostat through apps on their smartphone from anywhere in the world. The thermostats are easy to install, and their cost is easily made up in a short amount of time from the energy savings.
Schedule Heater Maintenance
Professional HVAC maintenance is designed to save homeowners money. It does this by reducing heating bills, increasing the lifespan of equipment, and reducing the need for HVAC repairs.
During a professional HVAC maintenance visit from a licensed HVAC contractor, the technician will perform a tune-up that ensures the furnace is running its best. Some of the things they will check include:
- Burner efficiency
- Ignition systems
- Filter effectiveness
- Cleanliness of blowers and ductwork
- Safety devices
When the technician completes their HVAC maintenance visit, homeowners can rest easy knowing that their heater will make it through the winter and won’t cost any more money than necessary.
About Laney’s Inc.
Laney’s Inc. is a licensed plumbing, electrical, and HVAC company serving Fargo for 60 years. Their extended hours and emergency service make their expertise available at affordable prices at any time. Homeowners can take advantage of their HVAC maintenance program to ensure that their heaters stay working through the winter.
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