Are you tired of your heating bill slowly creeping up during the winter months? If your furnace seems like it’s always on, trying these five tips for making it more efficient during the coldest months of the year.
Keep The Cold Out
We don’t always think about how the cold gets into our house, but the truth is that it seeps in through cracks in the weather stripping. If you have an older house, the weather stripping around the doors and windows may need to be replaced. It’s an easy test – just stand by the door or window and feel if there is any cold air seeping in. If so, you can easily re-strip the door at little cost, and it will save you a bit of money.
Clean The Air Filters
Furnace filters are recommended to be changed every three months, just like AC filters. Dust, dirt, and dander get trapped in the filter, making it harder for the furnace to function properly, therefore incurring a higher cost for it to run. Be sure to keep your furnace filters on a regular maintenance schedule and you will keep your costs down.
Reduce Heat Loss From Your Fireplace
The fireplace is one of the last places anyone would think about heat escaping from if it’s not being used, but it can be a major leech of heat. To keep heat from escaping the fireplace is simple, just close the damper inside the chimney and you’re all set.
Install Energy Efficient Windows
If you live in an older house, it may not have energy efficient windows. These can save you quite a bit of money on your heating and cooling costs throughout the year. While they are a bit of an investment, they will pay for themselves with the money they save you.
Insulation, Insulation, Insulation
Making sure your home is well insulated against the cold is vital in keeping your heating costs down during the winter. Making sure you have enough insulation is as easy as contacting the professionals and kicking your feet up. They’ll top it up if needed, and you can sleep easy knowing that you’re saving on your heating costs.
Think about these energy saving tips the next time you turn your heater on, and contact us to have your furnace professionally tuned up to make sure it is running at peak performance during its most critical moments.