We are all looking for ways to save money as heating expenses become increasingly high. Below are a list of suggestions that can help reduce the cost of running your furnace during the winter.
Look at your:
Check to make sure your thermostat is working well and is accurate on the temperature reading. Depending on the age of your thermostat or the placement of the thermostat in the room it may not be accurate.
Install a new programmable thermostat to run your furnace. By doing so you can reduce furnace usage at night time or when people are away for work and school
Inspect your filter(s) and change or clean as necessary. A dirty or plugged filter can significantly reduce the amount of air movement in the house making your furnace less efficient.
Make sure any belts on the furnace motor are in good shape. Be sure to have an extra on hand in case of breakage and replace them on a regular basis to avoid a break.
Make sure the motor is properly oiled according to your owners manual.
Check to make sure there is nothing blocking air flow in your ducts and vents. A couch, kids toys, etc. placed over a vent will reduce the effectiveness of your airflow and your furnace.
Have your heating and cooling ducts cleaned at least yearly to increase efficiency. This helps reduce your heating bill and is good for your air quality as well.
If typical maintenance does not seem to help your heating system run as well as you feel it should it may be time to look at getting it repaired or replaced.
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