It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Or is it?
The last few months of the year mean more parties, more time with family and friends, and a greater chance of things going wrong with your HVAC system.
How are the two correlated?
Your heating and cooling equipment are your two biggest energy users in your home. Even small changes can have a big impact on both how much you pay for your utilities each month, and in how comfortable you are in your home.
Adjust your thermostat
Under normal conditions, you set your thermostat for comfort when you’re home. With more people in your house, and with more cooking and oven use while entertaining, it can make your home naturally warmer. Set your thermostat down a few degrees while guests are over to help ensure comfort for all.
Replace your furnace filter
Before the festivities begin, consider replacing your furnace filter to ensure it runs as efficiently as possible. If you haven’t had your annual maintenance visit, consider doing that now before guests arrive. This will ensure your equipment is operating as it should, and warn you about potential problems that may exist, giving you an opportunity to fix them before the festivities begin.
Improve your cleaning methods
What do your cleaning methods entail? If you still use harsh chemicals, consider changing them this year. Spraying harsh chemicals will linger in the air supply, making everyone more susceptible to respiratory problems. Consider changing out candles and air fresheners that can also be polluting the air with harsh chemicals.
Inside … or out
Fall and winter can bring the coldest temperatures to the Front Range. The more often you open up doors, the more cold air you’ll let into your home. Your HVAC system has to compensate for those cold blasts of air, meaning it runs longer and is harder on your equipment. Plan your trips wisely, and never leave doors open while you do things outside.
These are just a few of the ways you can make your HVAC system more efficient this holiday season. If you have questions about energy efficiency, or want to ensure your holiday celebrations aren’t interrupted, give us a call today.