Winter weather is a nice break from the hot temperatures that Rome, Georgia, usually experiences. But the cooler temperatures mean homeowners use their heaters more often. HVAC systems often decrease in efficiency over the winter months. Here’s what can cause HVAC efficiency to decrease and what homeowners can do about it.
Winter Drafts and Leaks
If cold drafts of air are entering your home, this increase in cool air makes your heater work harder. Check your doors and windows for any leaks, and install weatherstripping if necessary. You can use plastic sheeting to insulate your windows. An HVAC professional can inspect your ductwork for any leaks that reduce warm airflow. Properly sealing these leaks will increase your HVAC system’s efficiency.
Dirty Air Ducts
It’s easy for dust, dander and other contaminants to clog your HVAC system’s ductwork. This clogging makes your heater work harder to push out warm air. Regular maintenance and cleaning can prevent clogs. An HVAC professional won’t only remove contaminants. They’ll also inspect for leaks, ducts that have come loose and excess moisture. This process improves airflow, efficiency and your home’s air quality.
Improperly Sized Heater
If your heater is the wrong size for your home, it won’t operate efficiently. A heater that’s too small will continuously run in an attempt to heat the entire house adequately. A heater that’s too large will heat your home faster than usual, meaning that it’ll cycle on and off more frequently. Constant cycling is a massive waste of energy since your heater uses more power when it starts and stops. An HVAC professional can determine if your heater is the right size or if you need a replacement.
Pendley Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can help you make sure your HVAC system is running efficiently. Call us today at (770) 343-4956 to schedule a new heater installation or inspection.
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