Saving money on energy bills can be as simple as preparing your furnace for cold weather. In this blog post, we give our top five tips for how homeowners can make their homes’ energy efficient and reduce burdens placed on furnaces. For more information, we recommend reaching out to a heating and cooling company to schedule fall furnace maintenance.
1. PROGRAM THERMOSTAT OR HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEM
To save energy, you’ll need to program your thermostat or home automation system for the winter. The smaller the discrepancy between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the more money you save. In cold weather, this means setting the thermostat for as low a temperature as is comfortable. Your furnace works harder and uses more energy when it has to maintain a high indoor temperature.
A home automation system allows you to remotely control the temperature of your home from anywhere in the world. If you plan on being away from home for a winter vacation or work trip, we recommend choosing a temperature no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Any lower than 55 degrees and the pipes in your home could freeze.
2. REPLACE FURNACE FILTERS
We recommend you replace furnace filters every 3 to 12 months depending on the type of filter your furnace uses. The air filter in your furnace is responsible for trapping contaminants in the air like dust, dirt, and pollen. A dirty air filter blocks air passage and makes the furnace work harder to produce the same amount of heat. Replacing air filters keeps your furnace energy efficient.
3. UNBLOCK REGISTERS, RADIATORS, AND BASEBOARD HEATERS
Rooms that feel cold may have furniture blocking heat from registers, radiators, or baseboard heaters. For example, it’s not uncommon for a living room to feel colder than the rest of the house because the couch is blocking the radiator. Long drapes can also prevent heat from entering rooms.
4. LET IN SUNLIGHT
Open drapes and shades to let sunlight through southern-facing winters. Since sunlight carries heat, there’s no downside to enjoying the sunshine on a dreary winter day. What little heat passes through your windows can help rooms feel cozier. At night, we recommend closing drapes as an extra layer of protection against cold air seeping through windows.
5. SCHEDULE FALL FURNACE MAINTENANCE
It’s not uncommon for furnaces to corrode after months of high humidity and lack of ventilation, which is why it’s important to schedule furnace maintenance. A furnace inspection will reveal whether you need small repairs before the heating season. A furnace repair contractor will also be able to replace dirty air filters so your furnace can run efficiently. The cost of furnace maintenance is significantly less than what it would cost to repair a furnace that quit unexpectedly in the middle of winter.
A-1 Mechanical is a Lansing furnace repair and maintenance company dedicated to helping homeowners prepare furnaces for cold weather. If you are interested in learning more about how to prepare your furnace for winter or our furnace maintenance service, give our Lansing HVAC company a call at (517) 272-8629.