Most homeowners here in the greater North Charleston, SC area look forward to the cooler temperatures because it means we get a break from the southern heat and humidity. Even though the cool temperatures are welcomed here, they do come with a price – an increase in energy bills. With that being said, the HERO Heating & Air team is here to help. Below, we discuss some of the common causes of poor heating efficiency and what you can do to avoid them.
Dirty Air Filter
Dirty air filters are one of the most common causes of HVAC inefficiency with forced air heating and air conditioning systems. Dirty air filters are one of the easiest HVAC problems to resolve and to avoid entirely. Clogged air filters cause your heating unit to work harder than it should to force air through the filter. Make sure you are regularly changing out your air filters when they become dirty/clogged. Your North Charleston, SC home and wallet will thank you for it!
Improper Thermostat Usage
If you are constantly fiddling with your thermostat trying to get warm and then turning it back down when you overheat, you need to stop. Cranking up your thermostat does not warm your home any quicker. Avoid touching your thermostat while you’re home, but be sure to lower it while you’re away or asleep. Lowering your thermostat in the winter is a great way to cut down on your energy usage and save a couple of bucks.
Your furnace or heat pump could be operating as optimally and efficiently as possible but your home will still not be as comfortable as possible if you have poor insulation. Insulation works to keep the warm air inside and the cold air outside in the wintertime. Ensure that you have no cold spots near your windows, doors, attics, etc., and have your insulation fixed before it’s too late!
If you’re looking for a professional heating and air conditioning contractor in the greater North Charleston, SC area, give HERO Heating & Air a call today!