Winter isn’t letting up anytime soon. There is still plenty of time to ski, make snowmen, go snowshoeing, and use your furnace. Of course, with so much time left in the season, saving money on energy might be a bit of a concern. Fortunately, there is still time to improve your energy efficiency, simply by modifying the ways in which you heat your home.
When your furnace in Larkspur, CO is energy efficiency, you’ll spend less time worrying about costly repairs and sky-high utility bills. There are plenty of things that you can do at home to boost your efficiency, some of which won’t cost you a single penny. Below, we have highlighted just some of the many ways you can improve the efficiency of your furnace. Keep reading to learn more.
Here’s What You Can Do:
Make use of your curtains
The sun provides an endless supply of free, thermal energy, so why not take advantage of it? Try opening your curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to bring free heat into your home. This extra heat will make it so that your heater won’t have to work so hard to warm up your home.
Turn on your ceiling fan
It may seem counter-productive, however, turning on your ceiling fan in the middle of winter can actually help circulate warm air throughout your home. Check the bottom of your ceiling fan for a toggle switch. By reversing the direction of the blades, you can bring the heat trapped at the top of the room down where you can feel it.
Use a programmable thermostat
Setting the right temperature is important. In fact, just by lowering the temperature by a couple of degrees at night or while you’re out of the house you could save hundreds of dollars on annual heating costs. A programmable thermostat allows you to create a heating program based around your personal schedule and can even highlight opportunities for you to save even more energy.
Check and replace your air filters
When your air filter becomes too clogged, airflow in and out of your furnace is restricted, placing a lot of strain on your system and lowering efficiency. We recommend replacing your air filter every 1-3 months during the heating season to maintain optimal efficiency.
Make sure your ducts are sealed
Did you know that 20% of warm air can escape from your system through faulty ducts? This is another issue that will cause your furnace to work harder than it should, thus reducing efficiency. Hire a professional to inspect your ductwork and make any repairs necessary to avoid air leaks.
Schedule annual maintenance
An annual inspection and tune-up is perhaps the best way to boost energy efficiency. Your HVAC technician will thoroughly inspect your system for any sign of an issue and make minor adjustments when necessary. Plus, maintenance is key for ensuring your furnace has a long and successful service life.
For all your furnace needs, contact Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning