10 Easy & Efficient Steps for Lower Heating Bills

Save Energy, Save Money. It sounds simple, right? Most homeowners don’t realize that they can save energy and money on their monthly heating bill when their furnace runs clean and efficient. It’s true, you actually can save money and heat your home more efficiently by following these 10 easy steps:

  1. Clean or replace the furnace filter–a clogged filter restricts air flow, causing it to work harder while delivering less heat.
  2. Check the blower belt and oil the blower motor–loose belts can increase operating time and shorten your equipment’s life. (Note that sealed blower motors require no oil.)
  3. Make sure blower doors are replaced properly–this keeps combustion byproducts like carbon monoxide separate from the warm air circulated through your home.
  4. Check that your heating vents are unobstructed–obstructed vents reduce your furnace’s efficiency by forcing it to work longer to distribute warm air.
  5. Check that return air vents (cold air returns) are unobstructed–warm air from your home is drawn through these vents past the furnace’s heat exchanger and circulated back into your home. Your furnace will work less if it can circulate air freely.
  6. Check that your exhaust flue to the outside is unobstructed and in good condition–ensure it is in good condition from the furnace to the roof cap and that all connections are securely fastened.
  7. If your furnace is in an enclosed room or closet, make sure it receives plenty of air–furnace rooms or closets should have door louvers or vents or a duct directly to the outside to provide sufficient combustion air–your furnace requires at least 10 cubic feet of air for one cubic foot of natural gas to operate properly.
  8. Make sure your furnace has a green sticker–this indicates it has been properly adjusted to safely burn the changing gas supply. To read more about the Green Sticker program, click here.
  9. Adjust your thermostat–A programmable thermostat will save you money automatically if you set it to lower the temperature at night while you sleep, then raise the heat when you get up. It can also lower the heat during your work day, and raise it when it’s time for you to come home.
  10. Have your furnace tuned up periodically by a heating service professional–this inspection should ensure that your furnace’s burners are properly adjusted, the combustion chamber is in good condition, and the furnace is venting properly.

 

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