When you think about the heating system for your Des Moines home, you may think about how reliant you are on it to keep your warm throughout the winter months, but you may also think about how high your energy bills are. The efficiency of your heating system can impact your energy costs as well as the longevity of your system, repair costs, downtime and more. With this in mind, it makes sense that you would want to help it function more efficiently now and for years to come. There are a few helpful steps you can follow to promote your goal.


Caulk Windows and Doors

In order for your HVAC unit to function efficiently both in the winter and summer months, the climate-controlled air must stay inside the home. However, heated and cooled air can escape outdoors through poorly sealed doors and windows. More than that, the air from outdoors can enter the home, making the system even less efficient. Caulking gaps in doors and windows is a smart and affordable way to help your HVAC system function more efficiently.

Schedule Maintenance on Your System

Another step that you can take to keep your system operating with peak efficiency is to maintain it regularly. HVAC systems should receive service from a technician each year, and with this service, the system components should be cleaned, fluids should be topped off and signs of trouble should be identified and repaired. Altogether, this maintenance service is restorative and helps the system function with improved efficiency.

Change Your Air Filter

Dirty air filters can block the flow of air from the HVAC unit through the ducts. This causes the system to have to work harder to push the climate-controlled air into the rooms of your home, which uses more energy. Air filters ideally should be changed before visible signs of dirt are present, and it is most recommended that the filters be replaced once per month with regular use.

These simple steps will help you keep your Des Moines, IA home’s HVAC system functioning with improved efficiency. This can save you money on energy bills, keep repair bills to a minimum and extend the life of your system.

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