It is recommended to set heat at 70° for optimal efficiency (Remember to allow time for temperature to heat entire house. This can an take up to 15 hours to reach consistency.)
Remember to keep interior doors open for better circulation.
Buy a new house plant or two to improve the indoor quality of your home.
Dropping the temperature from 72° to 68° can save you as much as 15% on your heating bill. Drop it one degree each week to acclimatize yourself to the new temperature.
Keeping your curtains closed during the winter will help prevent heat from escaping and keep the cold air from seeping into the house. Make sure your curtains are not blocking heat registers, which can force your furnace to work harder.
In most cases, natural products are almost always the greener option, but that’s not the case when it comes to starting a fire. Artificial fire logs emit 75% less carbon monoxide and create 80% less particulate matter than real wood. The faux fireplace logs are also more efficient at heating your home than real wood, giving off up to 15,190 BTU per pound compared with 8,300 BTU per pound for oak.
Temperatures normally vary from floor to floor and even room-to-room in a home – especially when it is very cold or very hot outside. Setting the thermostat at a higher temperature will not heat your home faster.
The registers help regulate the flow of air throughout your home. Once adjusted, the registers and the thermostat will work together to maintain the desired temperature.
Dirty filters results in reduced efficiency and higher operating costs.
As the heating system operates, it is normal to hear some popping or pinging sounds. These sounds are the natural result of duct-work heating and cooling in response to the airflow.
When a heating system has not been used for an extended period of time, you may smell a mild odor when the furnace turns on. The odor, caused by dust that has settled in the ducts, should pass quickly. If you have a gas furnace and smell a sustained or persistent gas odor, leave the house immediately and call the gas company.
It is important to vent excess moisture to the outside. Always use bath fans when showering or bathing, or crack a window to vent moisture outside. Ensure clothes dryer vents exhaust outside the house, not into the attic or crawl space.
Setting the thermostat at a lower temperature will not cool your home faster. If you change the thermostat to a much lower setting in an attempt to rapidly cool a hot house, you will use more energy than necessary, putting a strain on the system.
The main operating unit (compressor) is located outside. Keep vegetation from growing around or on the compressor. If you have a condensate drain pan, periodically check it to ensure it is not clogged by debris.
Because cool air falls, aim airflow upward from the vents for best cooling results.
If your air conditioning system blows warm air, either the compressor is not sufficiently charged or it may have a refrigerant leak. In either case, call Climate Masters for repairs. 601-939-9090
The cooling system should be capable of maintaining a temperature of 78° F, or a maximum differential of 15 degrees from the outside temperature, as measured in the center of each room at a height of 5 feet above the floor, under normal operating and weather conditions. For homes with a single system application, the allowable tolerances between floors will not exceed 7 degrees.
When referring to insulation, the term “R-value” is often used. R-value is the level of resistance provided by the insulation to any transfer of heat or cold. The area of greatest heat loss is through your ceiling and roof. A higher R-value is used in these areas.
If your ceiling insulation is blown-in, its effectiveness is enhanced by an even distribution. If you do any work in your attic, you should be sure to check that you did not displace the evenness/ distribution of the insulation.
Inspect attics and crawl spaces on a seasonal basis to make sure the insulation has remained in place. If it has moved in any way, it may result in higher energy bills.
Have Climate Masters perform a 6 month maintenance checkup.