Winter’s coming and for some folks, the cold air is beginning to settle in. That means it’s time for us to start using our furnaces again. Some are looking forward to those warm, cozy winter nights while others are dreading the inevitable heating bill they’ll be getting in about a month or so.
Regardless of what your feelings are towards winter, we could all probably agree that the best furnace is a furnace working in tip-top shape! This week, we’re going to share out some secrets with you that can help you get more out of your furnace and save some money in the process.
Let’s jump right in!
Upgrade your thermostat
Upgrading your thermostat is a small, but super-valuable improvement you can make that will dramatically boost your furnace’s efficiency. After all, it’s the device that we use to communicate with our heater. A better thermostat will allow you to program times when you want heat on and off and control the overall temperature level in your home. Now, you won’t have to worry about wasting heat when you’re not home!
Ceiling fans – use them!
Seems a little counterintuitive, but ceiling fans are a big help. In the summer, they move the air and that cools our bodies down. In the wintertime, you can reverse the direction of your fan and push hot air down from the ceiling into the rest of your home. That way your furnace won’t have to work as hard to heat your house. It’s a pretty silly trick on its face – but it works!
Schedule regular maintenance
The best way to ensure your furnace is working the way it’s supposed to is by scheduling regular, ongoing maintenance. Furnaces can be fickle things – and having someone who can come in and clean them and identify potential issues before they arise can be invaluable. While the maintenance might cost you a little money – a major malfunction will cost you four times as much. Keep your furnace in good working condition and leave the worries to the pros!
Investing in weatherstripping is a good idea. Most inefficiencies with furnaces come from bad airflow in the homes they live in – meaning there’s lots of draft in door ways, windows and the like. When hot air leaks through, it needs to be replaced by more hot air – and your furnace has to work harder and burn more electricity and/or gas/oil in order to do it. Seal those windows up and you’ll watch your heating bill go way down!
If you’re looking for ways to keep your heating bill down, give us a call and we can give you a free consultation. Good luck!