How to Help Your Heater This Winter
When the cold weather sets in, your heater or furnace will be working overtime – consuming energy right and left. A little TLC can help it operate more efficiently, keeping you comfortable all season long and saving energy dollars to boot.
Air Filters – As dust collects in the filter, the blower works harder and energy bills run higher. Yet these are easy for the homeowner to change or clean, basing the schedule on the type of filter you have. Replace inexpensive fiberglass filters monthly, pleated versions within three months. Permanent filters should be washed and rinsed monthly. Clean electronic filters every other month.
Air Vents – If you want warm air in your home, don’t block the entry point. Check supply and return vents to make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpet, drapes or appliances. Vacuum and clean them as needed.
Regular Maintenance – Properly maintained furnaces are more efficient, use less energy and cost less to operate. A furnace that isn’t maintained, however, often operates at only 50% efficiency. Call your heating company to schedule your maintenance before the season hits hard.
Thermostat – Consider installing a programmable thermostat that lowers temperatures at night or when the home is unoccupied.
There may not be much you can do about the outdoor temperature, but the care you provide your home heating system will go a long way toward keeping you warm and cozy – while using less energy.