During the winter, you want your heating system to work at peak efficiency. However, even minor issues can make your system use too much energy and provide less heat. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help boost your system's efficiency and keep your home warm. Here are a few things that may be dragging your heating system's efficiency level down.
A dirty filter is one of the easiest and most preventable energy-robbing things to remedy. Dirty filters restrict airflow and make your heating system work harder. Replacing your filter should be part of your regular HVAC maintenance.
This problem has more to do with your overall home and not the heating system itself. If your windows and doors are not properly caulked and sealed, then cold air will get through. Caulking and seals wear down over time, so check them over each winter and redo them as needed.
Cracks in the Ventilation Tubes
If you have a whole-house heating system complete with vents and ducts, then you may have air leaks in the system. Air can escape through where the ducts join together or at the heating unit. If those ducts leak, then some of the air will not reach the desired room or area. You may feel an urge to turn up the thermostat to compensate.
If you have a unit too small, then your heating system will not be very efficient. If you've added on rooms to your home, then your heating system may not be large enough to compensate for the additional space. This could cause your heating system to work harder than necessary.
Make sure all of your radiators, baseboard heaters, and registers are free and clear of any furniture or carpeting. Check your outdoor unit for any blocked vents and make sure your heat pump isn't covered by debris. When the intake or exhaust vents and heat pump are blocked, airflow is affected and the end result is uneven and inefficient heating.
Even with the best maintenance, your equipment can wear down and become obsolete over time. Older units are often less efficient than newer units with upgraded technology. If it's been a couple of decades since your heating system was installed, then it may be time for an upgrade.
The good news is all these problems are fixable. If you have your heating system inspected regularly, then these problems can still be found while they are minor. A good HVAC company can help you with any repairs or modifications and possibly direct you to new equipment. Contact an HVAC system installation for additional information.