Los Angeles heating costs tend to spike in the winter, when we turn off our air conditioners and settle in for the cool, wet part of the year. Most of us are used to paying higher costs during the winter months, as befits the more regular use of a furnace or other form of heater. You can drop those costs, however, with judicious use of a few tips along with help from your local professional service technician. Here’s how to minimize your energy consumption this heating system.
- Schedule a routine service call to maintain your furnace. A service call lets the technician clean any dust and dirt from the inside of the unit, as well as testing the components for wear and replacing the air filters and similar small parts. Here in LA, we build up a lot of dust over our hot summers, which can add stress and strain to the unit in the winter. Getting it maintained – especially in the early fall before you start using it – will improve its efficiency.
- Make your home more air tight by sealing any cracks or fissures near the windows and adding insulation to your attic if you can. Your home is like a bottle, holding in the hot air. The more you can do to keep that air from escaping, the more efficiently your heater will do its job.
- Consider adding upgrades such as zone control systems or programmable thermostats to your heating system. Zone controls divide your home into different sections, letting you heat only those rooms you happen to be occupying. Programmable thermostats can be set to adhere to your schedule, turning off automatically when you leave for the day and turning back on again just before you arrive home.
For concerns with your heater, the Los Angeles heating experts at JW Heating & Air can help. We provide regular maintenance and upgrade services, as well as repairing faulty furnaces and installing new ones when the time comes. We can talk to you about how to minimize your energy consumption this heating season, then help you put that money back in your pocket. Contact us today to set up an appointment.