One of the most important ways to save money on your heating bills is to regularly maintain your system and make it efficient. Furnace maintenance will let you know the warning signs that maintenance is needed, identifying the flaws will help to reduce your monthly costs as well as increase the lifespan of your furnace.
If you're looking to extend the life of your furnace and reduce your costs for heating your home, here are some easy steps that you can take to keep it running smoothly.
Change the Furnace Filter
Changing the furnace filter can reduce your energy bill by 5 to 15 percent. Check the manufacturer's recommendations on how frequently you must change the furnace filter. Dirty or clogged filters will reduce the airflow and shorten the lifespan of the system.
Clean your furnace
If you clean the furnace regularly the efficiency of your system will be improved. Some may don't clean frequently, if this is the case, do it once a year. This will prevent a huge impact and save money. If you feel a decrease in heating performance, then it's time for you to clean.
Inspect Your Ducts for Leaks, Blockages, and Damage
The duct is an essential part of your heating and cooling system. Leaks in ducts mean cold air from outside is flowing into warm spaces inside, if cold air seeps through your walls then it's a sign of poorly insulated ductwork. An average of 30 percent can be lost due to heated air through leaks and ductwork.
Ensure Proper Ventilation and Airflow in Your Home
If the ventilation is proper in your home then the furnace will operate most efficiently. Ensure good airflow throughout your entire house by checking all the vents are free from any objects or furniture blocking them.
Inspect Your Furnace Regularly for Leaks and Damage
By regularly inspecting your furnace the leaks and damages will be minimal. For a gas-burning furnace, it is important that the room be well ventilated to avoid the buildup of carbon monoxide.
Adjust Your Thermostat
By simply adjusting your thermostat temperature you can save on heating costs. Set it to heat at 68 degrees when you’re in the house and reduce it to 60 degrees if no is in the home. Invest in a programmable thermostat that can lower the temperature automatically when not in use.
If your furnace is maintained and kept up-to-date then energy and money can be saved.