Have you received those letters in the mail from the utility company informing you how energy efficient you are in comparison to others in your neighborhood? If you would like to improve where you stand in that comparison or if you would just like to save some money this winter on your energy bills, keep reading to learn a handful of ways to improve the performance of your furnace and save on overall heating costs.
Allow the Sun to Enter the Home
Mother Nature is a wonderful thing, and that heat that emits from the sun that beams down every day is completely free of charge to you. So why not make the best of it? Open up the blinds in rooms that have ample exposure to the sun. Just make sure that you close the blinds once the sun goes down to ensure that you don’t get too chilly.
Turn Down the Heat
The easiest way for you to save on your winter heating bill is to turn down your heat to the lowest comfortable setting. The Department of Energy says that turning the thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for a period of eight hours, such as while you are asleep or away from the home, can save up to 10 percent annually on your home energy costs.
Invest in a Programmable or Smart Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can make it so that you are able to down the heat automatically. Depending on the model of thermostat, you may be able to set different temperatures for when you are asleep, home, or away. You may even want to consider investing in a smart thermostat that connects to the home’s Wi-Fi and allows you to make automatic adjustments and can be controlled with your smartphone no matter where you are.
Check and Replace the Filter
When a furnace filter becomes really dirty or clogged up, your furnace will work harder than necessary, wasting energy. Make sure that you are checking the filter at least once per month and replacing it as necessary.
Schedule a Yearly Maintenance Inspection
Regular and routine cleaning and maintenance can do wonders for your heating system by ensuring it runs more efficiently and lasts longer. If you have not had your furnace serviced over the last year, contact Indoor Comfort Systems, Inc. today.