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Three Commonly-Asked Questions About Heating Technology

Florida is blessed to have winters which are known for being sunny, mild, and in many cases, warm. However, those of us who live here know that there certainly are days where firing up the heater is necessary. While we may not have to utilize our heaters all that often, many people still have questions about how best to own and operate their system. Our blog takes a closer look at three of these questions and offers some practical advice for each of them that can help you better understand and utilize your heater when the time comes!

How Can I Make My Heater Run More Efficiently?

There are lots of things you can do to help your heater run more efficiently and produce more heat while consuming less energy, thus saving you money while keeping you comfortable. First, check your home for air leaks. During winter, the heat from inside your home escapes outside through small cracks around your windows, under your doors, and in plenty of other places. Replace your weather stripping every year or two to make sure these seals remain tight and leak-free.

Second, and this can’t be overstated, replace your air filter. Your HVAC system has an air filter which is used to filter out dust and other debris that’s pulled through your air return vents. This debris can build up on your coils and cause inefficiency. It can also contribute to your system breaking down quicker than expected and even cause allergic reactions or poor air quality. Be sure to check your air filter at least once per month and replace it as necessary in order to ensure your system is running at its best.

How Should I Set My Thermostat?

This is a fairly common question we get from owners of multi-story homes, where heat rises and tends to unevenly heat the upper and lower floors. It may seem like a constant, uphill battle to try and heat your upstairs and downstairs rooms evenly, but there’s a simple trick you can follow to keep this difference at a minimal level and save yourself money in doing so.

Set your upstairs thermostat two degrees cooler than your ideal temperature, and your downstairs thermostat two degrees warmer. That’s it. That simple. When this is the case, your downstairs heating will run longer, producing more heat that you enjoy in the lower levels of your home. While it continues to rise toward the upper levels of your home. The cooler air from upstairs will move downward and settle, creating a nice balance between the two temperatures right in your temperature sweet spot.

Do I Need to Maintain My Heater?

This one is an easy one: an emphatic “yes!” Heater maintenance is an important part of being a homeowner, especially an owner of a modern system. If you recently purchased a new system that’s still under warranty from the manufacturer, then annual maintenance is more than likely a requirement in order for your warranty to remain valid, in which case, maintenance is definitely a must.

However, maintenance can benefit every heater owner as well. A well-maintained heater is one that will be far more efficient at warming your home, which means it will need less energy and keeps your utility bills down. Maintenance also helps your furnace last longer, extending its lifespan for many additional years and helping you enjoy more heat for your investment in your home. All of this together means maintenance saves you a considerable amount of money, and that’s definitely not something to take lightly.

Need a heater repair or maintenance service? Call the experts at Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC today at (888) 660-4337 to schedule your appointment!
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