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What Temperature Should I Keep My Furnace in the Winter?

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Everyone likes to stay cozy and warm in the winter, but finding the right balance between comfort and utility costs can be tricky. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your furnace at 68 degrees, but in Charlottesville, VA, anything between 65 and 70 degrees is fine while you are at home. For every degree you reduce your thermostat, you can save up to 1% off your heating costs, and by lowering it by 10 to 15 degrees while you are at work or away from home for eight hours or more, you can save up to 15% off your heating costs.

What Should I Do if My HVAC Has Trouble Maintaining a Steady Temperature?

Minor issues like clogged air filters, a dirty blower fan, sooty burners, or a lack of lubrication can often cause inefficient or inconsistent heating. These issues can make it harder and less efficient to heat your Charlottesville home, driving up your energy costs and putting extra wear and tear on your furnace. To keep your furnace running at its best, schedule furnace maintenance at least once a year.

Routine maintenance helps to address many of these concerns while preventing more serious problems. Ideally, you should service your furnace every year in the fall to know it’s working correctly before the winter months ahead.

The Importance of HVAC Maintenance & Repair

Preventative maintenance is essential to the longevity and performance of your furnace, as are timely furnace repairs when something goes wrong. Even a minor problem, like a clogged filter, can lead to significant furnace damage, like a dead blower motor or a cracked heat exchanger, if the system overheats because it cannot move warm air into your home fast enough. Proper HVAC maintenance and repairs can help to:

  • Use energy more efficiently
  • Lower your utility costs
  • Prevent breakdowns and service calls
  • Maximize the service life of your furnace
  • Improve your comfort and air quality
  • Keep the system cleaner, quieter, and running better

Your family’s comfort depends on the reliability of your furnace. Keep it running smoothly with frequent maintenance and repairs.

Stay Warm All Winter in Charlottesville, VA, With Albemarle Heating & Air

When you need an expert team to provide professional furnace maintenance and repairs in the Charlottesville area, choose Albemarle Heating & Air. We have been serving homeowners in Charlottesville, VA, since 1988, and we are equipped to help with all your heating and air conditioning needs. Our technicians are NATE-certified, experienced, and background-checked. We offer top-quality service and workmanship, with upfront pricing, 24-hour emergency HVAC service, and comprehensive Peace of Mind guarantees. Join our Maintenance Club for two precision HVAC tune-ups a year, a 20% discount on repairs, and exclusive members-only savings. For even more value, check out our special offers.

Maximize the performance of your furnace. Call Albemarle Heating & Air today at 434-293-4556 or contact us online to book HVAC maintenance and repair services anywhere in Charlottesville, VA, or the surrounding areas.

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