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During the winter, it’s not surprising to have a heater running constantly. Maintaining your heater’s level of efficiency can extend the life of your heater and save you energy costs in the process! Below, we list a few ways to keep your heater running efficiently this winter:
Change Air Filters
If your heating system uses air filters, regularly changing them can keep your heater running efficiently. Dust and dirt block heat from getting through the filter, meaning the heater must work harder to keep up the temperature in your home. This increases the amount of energy used as well as the cost of running your heater.
Additionally, dust and dirt buildup in your heating system can lead to early system failure or expensive maintenance. It can also cause more allergens to circulate in the air.
Change your air filter about once a month or when necessary. According to Energy Star, you want to change them every three months at a minimum.
Clean Your Heater
Certain heaters, like baseboards, benefit from annual cleaning. Cleaning the heater will prevent dust from building up in your baseboard and keep it running more effectively.
You want to clear out any dust or debris before using it for the first time during the season and again at the end of the season.
Regular Heater Maintenance
Contacting a professional to check your HVAC system before every cold or warm season is the most ideal way to make sure your system functions properly. Regular maintenance keeps your system running efficiently and prevents it from failing earlier than normal. Energy Star suggests having a professional check your system around daylight-saving time each year.
Lower the Temperature
Lowering the temperature of your heater when you’re not around can lower energy costs.
You can maintain your ideal temperature settings throughout the day with a programmable or Smart thermostat. Program the thermostat to maintain a higher temperature while you occupy the space and a lower temperature while you work or sleep. This way, your home remains comfortable and energy efficient.
If you use a system that uses ductwork, like a central heating and cooling system, sealing the ducts can help increase efficiency. Sealing ductwork lowers the amount of heat lost through air leaks.
Sealing ducts can also help limit the amount of outside air leaking in to cause temperature changes or inside air leaking out, reducing energy efficiency.
Energy Star says having properly sealed ductwork means improved comfort, energy savings, and air quality. Have your ducts checked periodically to evaluate any holes or leaks.