Taking on home improvement projects is a challenge best accomplished with the right tools and the right information. If you are new to home improvement, start with the easiest project. If you are starting with a hard project, the experience isn’t going to be as fun or successful. To make sure you gain the practice you need, you want to start small, learning the more challenging techniques as you move to larger projects.
When choosing someone to help you with a home improvement project, you will first need to figure out what type of help you will need. A San Francisco HVAC expert can help with specific upgrades like replacing a furnace or moving ductwork. A specialty contractor can work on your kitchen or your bathroom, but typically not both. A renovator or general contractor can cover more than one project at one time.
Here is a great home improvement idea! Ensure that your whole HVAC system (furnace, heat pump, air conditioner) is energy-efficient. Leaky ducts can decrease the overall energy-efficiency of your heating and air conditioning system by as much as twenty percent. Duct sealing increases efficiency and lowers your utility bills.
When replacing your furnace filter, remember that electrostatic pleated filters may cause your furnace to run harder than it would with a filter that has larger spaces for air to pass through. If you do use pleated allergen-reducing filters, make sure that you change them frequently, because air cannot flow through them easily when they are clogged with dirt and debris.
To circulate the air in your home, install ceiling fans in your most-used rooms. The fans can reduce your reliance on air conditioning in the summer and they can push warm air downward in the winter, making your furnace usage more efficient. Most fans can switch directions to draw air upward or push it downward, depending on your needs.
Switch your thermostat to a programmable model for an easy update that will save you money on your energy bills. These thermostats can be set to automatically adjust the temperature based on the time of day, so your furnace or air conditioner will run less often when you are at work, school or while you are sleeping.
When thinking about home improvements, think green! It’s a great way to add value as well as to be environmentally friendly. Putting in an energy-efficient furnace or air conditioning unit will not only make your living space more comfortable, but also save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Updating and maintaining your heating and air conditioning system will save you money, keep your indoor air quality cleaner, provide more comfort and will even help maintain or increase your home’s value. For more information about the benefits of heating and air conditioning maintenance contact your local San Francisco HVAC Company, Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, at (650) 758-4900.