Routine Maintenance impacts energy costs
If your home is typical, heating and cooling are responsible for about 45% of your annual energy consumption. Routine maintenance on your heating and cooling systems can make a major impact on how much you spend on energy.
Reduce the risk of carbon monoxide leaks
Prior to each heating season, have your heating system checked and inspected by a trained heating and cooling professional. If you use natural gas, an annual inspection of your heating equipment is very important. Not only will it ensure that your heating system is operating as efficiently as possible, it can also help spot dangerous conditions that can lead to the inadvertent discharge of carbon monoxide into your home.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless byproduct of combustion. When it escapes into an occupied space, it can cause headaches, weakness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, blurred vision, loss of consciousness and death. Having a properly maintained heating system not only ensures that you have heat when you need it, but also it decreases the need for the use of generators or other supplemental heat, which can jeopardize your safety if they malfunction or are used improperly.
Tri-Cities Dry Air affects rentention of heat
Dry climates also affect your home’s heating needs. Very dry air doesn’t retain heat well. This can cause you to turn your thermostat up because your home doesn’t seem to get warm! Air temperature is only one factor that determines the comfort level in your home. The ideal humidity level is about 50%. If your home is too dry, adding water to the air in your home using a whole-house humidifier can really make a difference in the way your home “feels.” It can also stretch your heating budget by allowing you to reduce the temperature on your thermostat without sacrificing comfort.
If you use a heat pump or a ductless heating and cooling system, an annual inspection is also a must! A trained heating and cooling professional will clean and inspect your outdoor condenser and your indoor evaporator units. Removing dirt and debris from the working elements of your system will help increase its efficiency and decrease the possibility of down time.
Change your Filter Regularly!
If you use a forced-air furnace, one of the cheapest and easiest things you can do is change your furnace filter monthly. Replacing disposable filters or cleaning permanent filters is the last step in eliminating the airborne contaminants that your filter traps. The longer you let this task linger, the less efficient your heating system will become. Over time, this lost efficiency will increase your operating costs and reduce the air quality in your home. Changing a furnace filter is an easy and inexpensive way to ensure that your home stays clean and comfortable!
If you would like more information winter heating and cooling maintenance, or you would like to schedule an inspection in Kennewick, Richland or Walla Walla, please call us at Fuse Heating and Air Conditioning at (509) 396-9774.