The cool, crisp morning is a reminder that fall is here. While many will hold out on turning the furnace on, it will become inevitable. Utility costs are rising and many home owners are looking for ways to save money while still keeping their families warm and comfortable. One of the biggest ways to save on utility costs is having the annual maintenance and tune up completed on the furnace by a certified HVAC specialist. This will ensure that the furnace is clean, lubricated, and all of the components are operating within the manufacturer’s recommended specs.
There are some things that homeowners can do themselves to help:
- The most important thing that homeowners can do to increase efficiency is change the air filter. When the air filter is dirty, airflow is restricted and the furnace has to work harder and use more energy to heat the home.
- Turn the thermostat down to 68 degrees. For every degree the thermostat is lowered between the 60-70 degree range, it can mean saving up to 5% on heating costs.
- Use the sunshine. Opening drapes during the day will let the sun heat the home for free. Make sure they are closed at sundown to help insulate and keep the heat in.
- Seal up leaks. Use caulk or weather stripping to seal and windows or doors that let cold air in. Look for places where there are pipes, vents, or conduit going through the wall. If there are gaps, seal them up, preventing the cold air from creeping in.
- Add a whole home humidifier. Moist air feels warmer and holds heat better. Adding a humidifier means the temperature can be set lower.
If the furnace is having a hard time keeping up with the thermostat, call HELP and have a trust-certified HVAC specialist out to do a thorough diagnostic. Don’t wait until it is freezing and everyone’s furnace is not working! 513-333-HELP