Ducts and Fans
In our last installment of “Preparing Your Home for Old Man Winter,” we will address two energy saving measures:
- Getting your ducts cleaned
Getting your ducts cleaned is essential to healthier air and year round comfort.
- Reversing your ceiling fans
Using a ceiling fan during the summer months to keep you cool is a no brainer. Did you know that running your fan during the winter can keep you warm as well?
Give your heater and wallet a rest this winter. Have your ducts cleaned and reverse those ceiling fans. Start reaping the benefits ASAP!
Get Your Ducts in a Row
Just one millimeter of dust on a heating or cooling coil can decrease its efficiency by up to 21%. Routinely changing filters helps, but your system will get dirty over time. When your HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to do its job. This results in significant energy savings for you.
In the average 6 room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is generated annually. YUCK!
Air is recirculated throughout your home from 5-7 times a day. If your air is full of dust, chemicals, and dander, you’re breathing in all of those nasty contaminants over and over again.
Dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air, but they may be contributing to health issues. For the young, old, and those with respiratory problems, this could be a big deal.
Now is the perfect time to get your ducts cleaned by one of our HVAC experts.
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Reverse Ceiling Fans
Running the ceiling fan in the winter sounds a bit crazy, but using your fan in the colder months can actually save you up to 10% in heating costs. It’s as easy as flipping a switch.
During the summer, the counterclockwise motion of your angled fan blades moves air down, making you feel cooler. During the winter, warm air rises to the ceiling while the cool air sinks. By reversing your ceiling fan, the cool air is forced up which pushes the warmer air back down into living spaces.
Some ceiling fans may require the removal of a couple screws to get to the reversal switch. Look for the switch on the motor housing, just below the blades.
For vertical switches, flip the switch down for the summer setting and up for the winter. For horizontal switches, flip the switch left for summer and right for winter.
TIP! Don’t forget to adjust your thermostat accordingly to cash in on the energy savings. If you already have a programmable thermostat, you’re one step ahead of the game. There is no adjustment needed.
Here at Suter, we are committed to preserving the environment. We want to help you conserve energy by giving you the tips and tricks to make this happen. Let’s all do our best to make mother earth a happier mother.