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Ways to Help Your Home be Energy Efficient in the Winter

As the furnace runs this winter, there are some things you can do to help your home be more energy efficient. This can help the furnace to be more energy efficient and work properly. The overall result can also help you to have lower monthly energy bills. Having the heating system maintained is important for the working parts as well as for saving money. Not only will the following steps help you to lower the utility bills, but they will also help to prolong the life of the heating system in your home.

Inspect the ductwork so it is in proper condition

The ductwork should be inspected on a regular basis. It should be insulated and sealed properly. This is especially important if the ductwork is located in the crawlspace or attic of your home. Inspect the ductwork for any missing insulation or insulation that is falling off. We can also inspect the ductwork for you. The insulation can be checked during this process. We can also test the ductwork for any air leaks that it may have. This test can allow you to know how much air is actually leaking out instead of making it into your home. With time, small air leaks can add up to large heating costs for your home.

Have the heating system maintained regularly

Over time, dirt and grime can build up on the heating system. This can result in the furnace having a lower performance than it should. Have the heating system cleaned and inspected by a trained technician at least twice a year. This can help it to decrease the chance of issues when the furnace is in operation. We can also inspect other areas of the heating system. All working parts should be able to run as efficiently as possible. If we notice parts that have been worn or damaged, they can be replaced. This can help to prevent issues from happening to other parts of the furnace. Having the heater maintained can help it be reliable for when you need it in the winter.

Change the filters for the furnace when recommended

One of the most important things to check with the furnace is the air filter. The filter should be changed when it becomes dirty and clogged. We can also help to advise when the filter should be inspected and changed. This is based on your home, household, and filter. If the filter is clogged, it prevents good clean air from being distributed throughout your home. Having a new filter can help to provide the best quality air possible for your home.

Install a programmable thermostat in your home

Having the right kind of thermostat in your home can also help to save on monthly heating costs. A programmable thermostat can allow you to set the temperature for different days and times of the week. This way the temperature can be turned down while you are out of the home, but then turned up as you get closer to arriving home. The same can be done during the night when you sleep. We can help to recommend which type of thermostat is right for you.