This winter has been a harsh one here in Northeast Ohio, and unfortunately, we still have quite a few weeks of heating season left. Many homeowners are upgrading to highly efficient furnaces, which can save a lot of energy, especially if they’re replacing clunky, older models. However, simply installing the efficient furnace won’t necessarily lower your heating bills as much as you expect. This is generally due to the house not being efficient and weatherized. luckily, there are a few easy ways to fix the issue and start saving more energy and money.

Like any other furnace, an efficient model needs yearly maintenance to keep running as efficiently as expected. Scheduling a check-up for your HVAC system is relatively low-cost, and it allows you to catch and correct problems while they’re still small. While you’re thinking about heater maintenance, remember to change your furnace’s air filter routinely. You should replace it with a clean filter at least four times a year, with monthly inspections in case it needs more frequent replacement. A dirty air filter will allow clogs to build up and overwork your HVAC system.

Homeowners with efficient furnaces should also adjust their heating routines accordingly. If you don’t want to deal with frequently changing the thermostat to save energy, try installing a programmable thermostat. This way, you can program your heating system to meet your needs and fit your schedule. Just go about your day while your programmable thermostat adjusts the temperature and saves you money, even if you’re away from home or asleep.

Another very important factor in home energy efficiency is proper air sealing and insulation. Air leaks and deficiencies in insulation can allow major heat loss in your home, which can waste a lot of energy and significantly raise your heating bills. Too much heat loss also overworks even the most efficient furnaces, which can necessitate more maintenance and repairs. Check around your windows, doors, electrical outlets and floorboards for gaps where heat could be getting out, and seal these with caulk or spray foam insulation. Add insulation around doors and window sashes, too.

For more expert advice and information on efficient furnaces and energy efficiency in your Cleveland area home, please contact us at Stack Heating and Cooling.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about efficient furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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