If the heating bill this month caused your eyebrow to raise more than usual, there are some Energy Efficient Furnace steps you can take to reduce your utility bill. Since each home and each family is different, no one step will achieve the result you hope for: it will take a whole-house approach.
Maintain your HVAC system annually to ensure that it continues to function efficiently season after season and year after year. You become involved in maintenance when you change your air filter at least every three months; this keeps the air clean and the air flowing freely during the cooling and heating season.
Improve your home’s insulation whenever possible. Contractors consider insulation an expense, while homeowners consider insulation an investment. Check your attic and your crawlspace; add insulation during remodels or renovations.
Care for your windows and doors. These openings give character to your home, both inside and out. However, they also transfer a lot of heat year-round. Caulk and weather strip to ensure air does not move freely around windows and doors. Open drapes on sunny days to use solar energy (a gain of as much as 100) and close them at night to reduce heat loss.
Cook and clean to your advantage. Baking or using your range top contributes to warmth, a good thing during the heating season, but not so good during the cooling season. Washing and drying laundry contribute to warmth, so schedule your loads during evening hours whenever possible.
Showers and baths contribute to warmth and humidity in your home, so plan accordingly. Use exhaust fans during the summer, but whenever possible, keep that warmth and humidity indoors during the winter. Showers use less hot water, therefore less energy, so showers save more money than baths.
Inspect the temperature setting on your hot water heater. The factory setting is usually set at 1400 F, which is too hot for comfort without adding cold water. Changing the setting to 1200 F will improve comfort and save money.
When you replace your hot water heater, size your water heater according to family size and need. A hot water heater that’s too small means someone gets a cold shower. A hot water heater that’s too-large wastes energy by heating water unnecessarily.
Set the temperature setting as low as your family can tolerate—no one temp serves all. A temperature setting above 750 reduces the relative humidity in your home. This can make your skin, nose, throat, and eyes dry and susceptible. It will also dry the wood in furniture and accessories.
Use your programmable thermostat to save energy. Studies reveal that reducing the temperature in your home by 7-10 degrees for at least 8 hours per day will reduce your heating bill by ten percent.1 Reducing the temperature to 650 during the evening, while everyone is asleep, can encourage better sleep and save money.
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