Winter in the south can be here one week and gone the next; temperatures vary throughout the morning, afternoon, and night. It’s not entirely unlikely that you will continue to use the AC as winter rolls through, only switching to your heater for a short period. That said, we have had pretty cold days so far, and we’re sure some of our friends and neighbors cranked up the furnace or started up the fireplace at some point.

Any time you start up your heater, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. The right way involves energy efficiency, system optimization, and waste reduction. At Dave Broussard AC & Heating, we're dedicated to making sure you use your HVAC the right way. That's why we are covering all the ways you can operate your HVAC correctly, increase efficiency and reduce waste.

 

Simple Tasks

As a homeowner, you do various tasks to keep your home clean;  it’s the day-to-day tasks that your kids call chores, that keep your home going. Dusting, mopping, mowing the lawn, cleaning the bathroom and everything in between, DIY is a major part of life for most homeowners. That principle applies when thinking about your HVAC system.

These are simple tasks that anyone can do: change your air filter, clean your system of dust, conduct a home energy audit, caulk air leaks in your home, and invest in programmable thermostats. All these tasks may seem simple, but they lead to an HVAC system and a home that is more energy efficient.

Air Filter: A fresh air filter can save 15%  on your home energy bill. Air filters reduce a number of indoor air pollutants in your HVAC system and home and have a direct link to the overall health of your heating and cooling system. The actual savings will increase as you ramp up the use of your heating and cooling system to meet the extreme temperatures outside.

Air Leaks: If the air inside your home is nice and warm, you want it to remain inside your home. Letting the air in your home leak to the outside wastes all the work your HVAC does to keep you comfortable. Sealing air leaks is a great way to boost the energy efficiency of your home!

Programmable Thermostat: With a little research, advice from an HVAC pro, and time you could be saving an immense amount of energy. By optimizing your HVAC’s output to match your schedule you can increase efficient use.

Energy Audit: A home energy audit can give you a really good idea on how much energy your home needs to stay warm. You can then match that with how much energy you use and find out where you are wasteful!

 

HVAC Maintenance

There’s a lot you can do as a homeowner to keep your heating and cooling system maintained, but the professionals at Dave Broussard can do so much more. If the inner workings of your heater or AC are not running efficiently, it will burn extra fuel to compensate for its shortcomings and lead to problems down the road. Although the untrained eye may see that nothing is wrong, our HVAC professionals can go inside your system, fix problems, and make sure everything is running smoothly together. The cohesion between the parts of your system adds up and provides several different benefits to your home and comfort.

Air leaks in your home are a significant energy waste. If your air ducts are leaking, that is also a major issue as there is less warm air getting to where it is supposed to go. Leaking ducts or clogged airways require an HVAC professional to fix the issues properly. This is not a job we suggest homeowners do themselves because of its complexities, but once your ducts are cleaned and sealed you can expect your HVAC system to be fully optimized for use.

 

New Systems

Newer HVAC systems are in mint condition and all the inner parts are in complete harmony. Newer furnaces and heaters are also more energy efficient by design, as technological advances have increased the natural level of efficiency. If your heater is old, you shouldn’t worry so much about repairing it as it will likely break down again soon.

New furnaces use condensers and multi-stage burners to conserve energy and reduce waste. You can also invest in indoor air quality products that will make sure the air in your home is also clean and clear of any pollutants. Clean air translates into a clean system that functions efficiently for an extended period.  A new HVAC is a great chance for a new, more energy efficient experience.

Let Dave Broussard Manage Your Home’s Heating Needs!

Contact the trusted professionals at Dave Broussard Heating & Cooling now. The team here at Dave Broussard AC & Heating is not only dedicated to serving all of your home comfort needs, but also making sure there’s a little extra money in your wallet. Considering the fact that home comfort takes a significant portion of what Americans spend every year, there’s always room to save. And that’s what we hope this blog helps you with this winter, and every winter to come!

If you have any more questions regarding how you can be comfortable and efficient, give us a call or contact us here! We’re ready to answer any question you may have.