With cooler weather on the way, it’s time to start thinking about shutting down your air conditioner for the season and revving up your furnace instead. You may also want to know you can drastically lower your fall energy bill! At Maki Heating and Air, we want to share a variety of simple steps you can take to make the transition go as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. Whether you’d like to prepare your home for the cooler months yourself or have professional help, Maki is your one-stop-shop for energy savings and responsible HVAC maintenance.
Perform an HVAC System Inspection
HVAC systems have become more energy-efficient over the years, but even the best ones need regular check-ups, cleaning, and maintenance to stay in tip-top shape. Removing and replacing air filters, checking for tight seals between ducts, cleaning dust and debris from the system, and looking for any coolant leaks or obvious signs of damage are easy things homeowners can do themselves. We also recommend a professional heating and air conditioning inspection be performed once yearly, which is a service we offer here at Maki. Our experienced, certified professionals are trained not only to clean and inspect units, but also to look for ways units can be upgraded or sometimes simply deep cleaned, to enhance performance and energy savings.
Identify Any Air Leaks
Though often barely noticeable, the small cracks throughout your house can wreak havoc on your air conditioning and heating system, causing it to work overtime in both the summer and winter months to either heat or cool your home. Looking around for cracks and sealing them up with caulking is a great way to increase your energy savings while at the same time improving your indoor air quality!
Check Window and Door Seals
The edges of windows and doors are some of the most common places air seeps in and makes HVAC units work harder. Replacing the seals on your windows, adding weather stripping to the bottom of doors, or even completely replacing old doors and windows (especially single-pane ones!) is sure to increase your energy savings.
Assess Your Insulation
Insulation can be another avenue by which hot air is lost during the winter months. If warm air is able to escape through the ceiling or walls, the HVAC system will work overtime to try to compensate. By assessing their current insulation situation and adding additional insulation where needed, many homeowners are surprised by how much less they have to run the heater and how much more money and energy they can save.
Contact Us Today!
Maki Electrical, Heating, and Air is your premier Sacramento Area company for HVAC cleaning, installation, maintenance, and repair. We specialize in helping you save both energy and money which is good for the planet and your wallet! In addition to Sacramento, we also serve the surrounding foothills and offer a wide variety of HVAC services including wall-mounted ductless heating and cooling systems, air conditioning repair, HVAC unit deep cleaning, mini split system installation and repair, air duct cleaning, energy optimization, heater repair, smart thermostat and Energy Star appliance installation and more. Contact us today at (530) 885-3449 or (916) 782-9242 and let us send a certified HVAC technician to help you prepare your home for the cool months ahead!