Wear and tear on heating systems isn’t uncommon, but without the benefit of regular maintenance, they’ll lose their efficiency over time. Moving parts have to work harder than they should, and when this happens, the units will require frequent but costly repairs, not to mention have a shortened lifespan. Here trusted HVAC service contractor Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning discusses some of the common issues affecting the efficiency of heating systems.
A dirty air filter. When an air filter is clogged with too much dust and dirt, it slows down airflow through the heating equipment, reducing its efficiency during operation. If not cleaned or replaced promptly, the unit may turn on and off in short intervals, resulting in inconsistent indoor comfort. Changing the air filter once every three months is recommended, but you may have to do it more frequently if you have pets at home or at least one family member has allergies.
Improper thermostat use. Adjusting the thermostat constantly to achieve comfortable temperatures is never a good idea, and doing so won’t warm your home more quickly. Be sure to lower the thermostat when you’re away or asleep. This way, you can save more on energy costs. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat that will complement your heating system.
Insulation problems. Your furnace or heat pump works to keep warm air inside your home during the colder months of the year. While it might be working efficiently, this won’t matter if your home lacks sufficient insulation. Issues with insulation can diminish the performance of your heating system, which is why it pays to check for cold spots near your attic, doors or windows.
Turn to Schmitt for your heating repair, air conditioning replacement and other residential HVAC needs. Give us a call at (415) 522-0966 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in San Francisco and the surrounding communities.