When it comes to winter weather, there’s plenty to love. Holiday festivities, snowfall, a season to relax and spend time with family and friends. All of these are great. However, winter also comes with its fair share of challenges, as Merrimack Valley residents know all too well.
As winter comes around, one of the things homeowners begin to think about is making sure their heater is working properly and efficiently. While you can’t avoid heating costs entirely, you may be surprised as to all the ways you’re unnecessarily taxing your heating system, thus raising your energy bills.
Forced air furnaces (one of the most common heating systems) rely on a system of ducts to push hot air from the heating system throughout the home. It stands to reason that if your ducts are in poor shape and have leaks, your system won’t function as it should. While some leaks may be easy to detect, most of them require an expert’s touch and special technology to be able to find them.
At Lamco Systems, we’re happy to inspect your ductwork, clean it out, and make sure there are no issues. Not only does healthy ductwork increase heating efficiency, but it also maintains a higher level of indoor air quality.
When it comes to retaining the heat produced by your heating unit, insulation plays a critical role. However, many homeowners are unaware of how their insulation is actually holding up. Moisture, pests, and age play a critical role in the degradation of your insulation. You might also have cold air making its way in through cracks in doorways and windows.
If your heating unit and ducts are in good working order, and you still have high heating costs, you’ll want to look into your insulation to make sure everything is intact. If it needs to be replaced, we recommend doing so as soon as you can. While there are upfront costs, you could save up to 40% on your heating and cooling costs year over year. We think that’s an investment worth making!
There could be many reasons why your heating unit is underpowered. For the most part, heating units become underpowered simply because they’re reaching the end of their life cycle. This is especially true if you haven’t kept up with professional annual heating tune-ups. Routine maintenance is critical to the longevity of your heating unit and you’ll be able to catch small problems before they become even larger ones.
Another issue we run into is homeowners who’ve installed heating units that simply don’t meet their needs. While bigger units do cost more, it’s essential to find the right-sized unit, otherwise, you will overwork your system simply to get subpar results. When you work with Lamco System, our heating contractors will make sure you get the perfect heating system for your home. We’re proud to offer some of the industry’s best brands in terms of value and efficiency.
We trust you found this information valuable and that it will guide your course of action as you seek to lower your energy costs.
In the meantime, contact Lamco Systems to schedule your heating tune-up. We also offer 24-hour emergency services in case your heater breaks down in the dead of night.
Thanks for reading!