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Some Common Causes of Inefficient Heating

With winters being as cold as they are in our area, there is no way to get by without running your heating system regularly throughout the winter season. Unfortunately, that can lead to considerable expense if your heating system is not functioning efficiently. While it is possible that your heater is simply old and run down, or that it has a low efficiency rating, there are plenty of other factors that may contribute to inefficient.

Here are a few examples of issues that may be driving up your heating costs. Addressing them can help you to enjoy more efficient heating in Des Moines, IA without replacing your heater. Contact us if you have any questions or require professional heating services.

  • Dirty air filters. This is one of the most common causes of inefficiency with forced air heating systems. It’s a shame, too, because it is one of the easiest problems to resolve, if not to avoid entirely. When your heater has to work harder than it should just to force air through its air filter, it is going to eat up more energy than it should as well.
  • Improper thermostat usage. If you are fiddling with your thermostat constantly, cranking it up very high and then turning it back down when you overheat, you need to stop. Your thermostat is a switch, not a throttle. Turning it up very high is not going to make it heat your home any faster. Avoid the temptation to fiddle with your thermostat by upgrading to a programmable model, and sticking to the program!
  • Leaky air ducts. Another problem unique to forced air heating systems is leaky ductwork. If your air ducts are leaking, they need to be professionally sealed before you’ll be able to heat your home with the efficiency you should enjoy. Don’t let leaky ductwork distribute heated air to areas that don’t need it.

Whatever heating problems that you may encounter, count on Schaal Heating and Cooling to find the best solution.


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