Whether your furnace is gas or electric, home heating costs are a major burden on many households across the country. Fortunately, there are many easy ways for you to improve the efficiency of your furnace, requiring it to use less energy and saving you money almost immediately. Here are some steps you can take:
Draw your curtains
Cold air can easily penetrate a window and chill your home at night. Rather than turning up your thermostat to compensate for the lost heat, draw your curtains or drapes at night, which will help keep the heat in and the cold out. Then, you can open them again in the morning to let in sunlight, which will also take some strain off your heater.
Change your air filters routinely
Your furnace filters all of the air it heats in order to reduce the amount of dust and other airborne particles that could otherwise enter your home. If the filters become clogged, your furnace will have to work harder to push the air through them, costing you more money on fuel. To avoid this problem, change your filters every three months.
Keep your vents clear
This has a similar effect to a clogged air filter. If your air vents are at all blocked—whether by furniture, carpet, or other home décor—less heat is able to circulate through your house and your furnace is forced to produce more heat. Consider doing some minor redecorating around your home to free up your vents and improve your furnace’s efficiency.
Lower your thermostat
Lowering your thermostat over an eight-hour period every night can reduce your monthly heating costs by one percent for every degree, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. This may not sound like much, but follow some of the other recommended tips as well and you may be looking at major savings.
At Aladdin Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc., we offer a variety of award-winning services to residents of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and Simi Valley to ensure that your heating system is always functioning properly and efficiently. To learn more about how we can help, call us today at (805) 273-4320 or visit us on the Web.