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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.


HVAC Best Practices

As with most other upgrades, your HVAC system is an investment, which means you’ll want it to last for as long as possible. One way to make this happen is with proper operation and regular maintenance. However, there are other good practices that can help keep your system in top condition.

Let our experienced heating and cooling specialists at Palo Alto show you what to do and what not to do when it comes to your HVAC system.

Thermostat Care

Every once in a while you might notice that your HVAC system isn’t providing the same quality of heating or cooling that you’re used to. While this could mean problems with the unit itself, more often than not the thermostat simply needs recalibrated. Have a professional calibrate the thermostat as part of your annual or seasonal HVAC maintenance to avoid future problems.

Changing Filters

Air filters are your first line of defense against dust, pollen and other contaminants in the air. Unfortunately, because of the way they function, they’re extremely prone to clogging up. Visually inspect your furnace or air filters and make sure to change them at least once every 30 to 90 days, or more often if needed.

Removing Obstructions

Your outdoor unit is the primary supply of fresh outdoor air for your HVAC system. Covering it up or blocking it in with shrubbery can greatly affect your air circulation, so it’s best to keep any landscaping or debris that might cause damage clear of the unit. In addition, try not to place anything too close to the condensers to prevent problems and potentially expensive repairs.

DIY Fixes

You might think you’re saving money by attempting to repair your HVAC system yourself, but it’s very likely you could actually be making things much worse. Always trust a professional to handle all your heating and cooling concerns. They’ll have the right tools and training to properly perform repairs, inspections and tune-ups.

Call Palo Alto Today to Get the Best HVAC Service

Keep your system running efficiently and problem-free with the help of our professionals at Palo Alto, your trusted heating and air conditioning service provider. Give us a call at (650) 856-3400 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Palo Alto.