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Factors That Contribute To Heating Efficiency

February 9, 2012 | Blog

Even though residents of the Corpus Christi area are usually more focused on cooling their homes, it’s still important to consider the factors that contribute to heating efficiency during this time of year. If your heating system isn’t as efficient as you want it to be, there are certain things you can do to decrease heating costs. Here are the three largest factors that contribute to heating efficiency:

The Heating System

The initial efficiency rating of your heating system is a big factor in what you pay to heat your home. However, this efficiency will be lost over time if you fail to maintain your heating appliances every year. In addition, you should replace your system air filters throughout the heating season when they begin to look clogged with dust and dirt. Examine the filter every month during high-use seasons and change it when it appears to be clogged or restricting airflow.

The Ductwork

This is the facet of your heating system that has the potential to waste the most energy. Disconnected or leaky ducts can account for 25 percent or more of the heating loss in a home. To fix the problem, a technician should be called in to repair disconnected ducts, seal leaks in ductwork joints, and insulate ducts that run through unheated spaces. If you feel up to it, this can be a do-it-yourself job, provided you have easy access to your ductwork.

The Thermostat

The “brain” of the system is one of the most important factors that contribute to heating efficiency. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can use it to set the temperature back when the home is vacant and when you’re sleeping. After all, there’s no need to heat an empty home! You should also refrain from cranking up the temperature if you feel cold. Instead, tweak it by a degree or two to become comfortable without the high expense.

These factors that contribute to heating efficiency work together to either waste or save you money during the heating season. If you need help improving the efficiency of your heating system, please contact CCAC, Inc. in Corpus Christi today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about heating efficiency and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Mathews CCAC Air Conditioning and Heating services Corpus Christi, TX. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today! 

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