There’s no good part of the year to spend too much money, but this can be an especially inconvenient time. We’ve just finished the expensive, stressful holiday season, and tax time is right around the corner. Home heating makes up a significant portion of your home’s energy use — there are several ways to reduce spending there.
Try these five tips to lower the billing associated with your home’s furnace.
It’s important to check your air filter once a month during the peak heating and cooling seasons. These filters catch dust, debris, bacteria and other airborne pollutants. Checking them to ensure they aren’t clogged will improve your system’s airflow and reduce how often your furnace needs to cycle. Your air filter is located either on the side of your furnace or behind a return-air vent. If it’s dirty, you can either clean it (if it’s reusable) or replace it. Disposable air filters are typically inexpensive and available at most home stores.
You can reduce your home heating and cooling costs by up to 10% by turning your thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees from its standard setting for 8 hours a day. A programmable thermostat can help. You can present these adjustments for when you’re asleep or out of the house.
For more efficiency, you can upgrade to a Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostat. These products make their own energy-saving adjustments when you aren’t home.
Want to reduce how often your furnace needs to cycle during the day? Don’t forget there’s a fantastic source of home heat right outside your window. Open up your curtains or blinds and let the sunshine in! This simple action will brighten up your home and warm up your rooms for free!
To ensure the best sunshine in your home, trim back any branches that might obstruct your free light and heat.
One of the most important HVAC investments you can make is to arrange annual service for your furnace. In Medfield and across eastern Massachusetts, the Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling team provides attentive, affordable furnace maintenance. When you service your equipment each year, you’ll enjoy the following advantages:
Want to guarantee that your furnace will always get the maintenance it needs? You can protect it with one of our service plans. They all include a complimentary service visit, plus discounts on parts and labor for repairs, priority emergency service and loyalty credits.
If your furnace is over a decade old, it could have lost a significant amount of efficiency, and you won’t be taking advantage of high-efficiency technologies from the last few years. Come to Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling to discuss a new furnace installation. Upgrading to new equipment will lower your winter fuel costs and boost your family’s comfort.
Do you need to set up a service visit for your furnace? Contact our team to arrange your appointment.