With the NFL first game of the season out of the way, it made me realize that before long it will be winter in Atlanta! (That’s not to say that autumn will go unrecognized.) However, in our region, we seldom have to turn on the heat until the winter months, which made me start to think about the home inspections in Atlanta that I perform.
During Atlanta home inspections, I always check the furnace or heat pump. Did you know that heat pumps are an efficient choice when the temperatures are 32 degrees or higher? With that being said, when it drops below that temperature, the heat pump must “ask” for a little assistance. This assistance comes in the form of electric heat strips (also known as auxiliary heat), which increase the operating cost of the entire system. Sometimes, this can even be as much as 5 times the normal operation.
So, how would a homeowner avoid using the auxiliary heat? Well, it is always a good idea to service the heat pump to ensure that it is working properly. By keeping dirt and debris out of the unit, the air will flow more freely, as well.
It is also a great idea to keep the thermostat set at a constant temperature. Typically, somewhere below 70 degrees will keep the usage down – meaning the bill will more than likely be less.
It is always good to know how to conserve energy and save money at the same time.
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