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Winter Preparation: Tips on Optimizing Your Heating System




The colder the weather gets, the greater your indoor heating requirements become. An inefficient heating system can put a significant dent in your monthly utility budget. In this blog, heating and air conditioning repair service contractor Palo Alto shares tips on optimizing your heating system for winter.

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Keep Up With Scheduled Maintenance

One of the worst things that could happen in the winter is a heating system breakdown. We may not have below freezing temperatures in Palo Alto, but it can get very uncomfortable without heat. Depending on your heating system, it can take several days to complete repairs, especially if parts need to be ordered.

Take the preventive route by keeping up with scheduled heating maintenance. This enables your HVAC technician to spot minor problems and fix them before they develop into bigger ones. In addition to maintenance, have your air ducts professionally cleaned every three to five years.

Change the Air Filters

Air filters help maintain indoor air quality by trapping dust, pollen and other indoor air pollutants. They require replacement every few months, or as often as once a month if you happen to be located in a dusty area. Make it a point to inspect the air filters every month so if you’re not sure how often you should replace them. A dirty, clogged air filter can block airflow in the vents, which could place additional strain on your heating and cooling units that could result in high energy bills.

Don’t Shut Down Your Heating System

Instead of turning your heating system off when you leave the house, go ahead and leave it on, as this consumes less energy. The upcycling and downcycling stages use up more energy, which is why you should leave it on until it’s time to switch over to your air conditioner.

If you have a set daily routine, program your thermostat so the temperature drops by about 10 degrees or so when you leave the house, then goes back up again a few minutes before you return home. You can do the same at night, as lower temperatures are found to promote better sleep quality. You’ll probably sleep better overall anyway knowing you can save on your utility bills just by changing your daily heating habits!

Call Palo Alto for Your Heating and Air Conditioning Needs

Palo Alto is your leading provider of heating repair, maintenance and installation services. Give us a call at (650) 856-3400 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Palo Alto and nearby areas.


How to Find an Energy Auditor, and Why You Need One

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Holiday Energy Savings: How to Save More this Season

The holiday season one of the happiest times of the year. Between spending time with family and friends and participating in your favorite winter activities, there is so much to be joyful about and thankful for during the holidays. While you are enjoying the holiday festivities, there are a few ways that you can work to cut down on your energy usage so that you aren’t greeted by a shocking utility bill in the new year.

Energy Saving Tips for the Holiday Season

Though energy usage may be the last thing on your mind, it’s important to pay attention to how much energy you are using during the holidays. To conserve more energy during this busy time of the year, use the tips below:

Holiday Energy Savings

Looking for more ways to save energy in the new year? Check out our post on seasonal tips to reduce HVAC costs.

Reducing HVAC Costs Year-Round

The holiday season isn’t the only time that you should be keeping an eye on your energy usage. Don’t forget to call Palo Alto Plumbing, Heating, and Air for your routine HVAC maintenance visit. We recommend getting a tune-up at least twice a year to make sure that your heating and cooling system is running smoothly and efficiently throughout the year.

Call today to schedule a service appointment: (650) 856-3400.

Seasonal Tips to Reduce Your HVAC Costs in the New Year

The New Year is upon us! Here are a few favorite energy saving strategies that will make your home eco-friendlier and help you save money, no matter what the weather.

Reduce HVAC Costs During Cooler Months

Close up all Air Leaks in Your Home

When the temperatures drop outdoors, it’s good to keep cold air from entering into your home so you’ll stay warm indoors. This can be an uphill battle if your home has leaks around the perimeter, such as around doorways or windows. Check for leaks by running a small candle around where you suspect drafts (think of cold spots in your home). The candle’s flame will flicker if it’s drafty. If you find a draft, be sure to seal it up using either weather stripping or caulking.

Adjust Your Thermostat for Savings

During the winter, it’s tempting to want to crank up the heat to stay cozy. This year, instead of turning up the thermostat, try turning it down (at night, that is). Sleep experts agree that your body actually responds better to lower temperatures when falling asleep, with the ideal temperature near 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Before you go to bed, set your thermostat to 68 degrees and layer on the blankets. You’ll sleep better and save money during the winter months.

Toss On Extra Layers

Even though we’re pretty used to rooms being at a temperature that suits wearing shorts and a tee-shirt, it’s totally possible to stay comfortable at a cooler indoor temperature. Just put on a sweater or wrap up with a throw blanket. If you reduce your thermostat’s temperature from 72 degrees to 70 degrees, you could save around 5% in energy costs. So, slip on a sweater and enjoy the cozy savings!

Reduce HVAC Costs During Warmer Months

Add Shade to Your AC Unit

Keep your AC unit running at its best by providing it a shaded area to do its job. You can either build a structure near the unit to provide shade, or plant a compatible bush nearby that will help dim the direct sunlight. Shade will help keep your unit from getting too hot from the sunshine, and this will allow it to work more efficiently in cooling your home.

Keep The Air Circulating to Keep Cool

Warm air rises, so an easy way to keep the rooms in your home cool is to add a fan or two to help distribute the cool air throughout your home. The fans will not only circulate air, but help alleviate a little of the work that your AC unit would have to do.

Turn Down Your AC When Not at Home

When away from our home, such as during the day at work or when out for extended day-trips, set your thermostat a little warmer. Every degree counts when it comes to how hard your AC unit has to work to keep your home cool, so use it most when you’re home to enjoy it.

For some more tips on energy savings, check out our article on conserving water at home.