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5 steps to optimize your furnace for energy efficiency

A clipboard has a list of steps to achieve energy efficiency in a heating system. Raise your hand if you like to throw money away.

Crickets...Yeah, that’s what we thought. Running an efficient household helps keep money in your pocket by stopping you from spending what you don’t need to spend. Energy-efficient practices keep your heating and cooling costs down while reducing your impact on the environment. 

It is great to save money and help the environment, but who has the time for completely changing their lifestyle to go off the electrical grid or make other enormous changes? Instead, steps that point you in the right direction without remodeling your home can make a big impact on your bank account.

Keep reading to learn Heaney’s five steps to make your furnace run with more energy-efficiency. 

1. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter

Let’s start with one of the easiest, yet most effective steps - changing your furnace’s air filter. Changing the air filter will help improve your home’s air quality, stop breakdowns before they happen, and make your heating and cooling systems run more smoothly. Check your air filter about once per month, changing it when dirty. 

2. Switch to a Programmable Thermostat

Tech is here to help you. Programmable thermostats help to ease the strain on your HVAC system. According to the Department of Energy, programmable or smart thermostats can help you save 15% a year on your energy bills. Contact your HVAC tech to learn more about this option.

3. Have a Professional Check Out Your Ductwork

Day to day life causes dust and other particles to enter your heating and cooling systems then shoot out your vents around your home. Even if your filter is clean, your ductwork may need some attention. Every few years, have a professional come in and check out your ductwork, possibly vacuuming out any debris they find. 

4. Schedule Your Annual HVAC Maintenance

Just like you need an annual physical to make sure your body is healthy, your HVAC system needs annual maintenance to make sure everything is running smoothly. It is a good bet to have a furnace check in the fall and an AC check in the spring. 

5. Think About Getting a System Upgrade

Do you notice your system needs constant repairs? Is your system outdated and drawing a heavy amount of energy? An HVAC system upgrade may help improve your energy efficiency and air quality. Though this is an investment, you will breathe easier and end up saving money in the long run. 

Partner with the HVAC Professionals for Top Energy Efficiency

A great way to save money is by not spending as much! By taking the steps above, you can increase your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your energy bills so you can spend your hard-earned money on your family. To get the top-quality maintenance and furnace installations, consider Heaney Plumbing & Heating. We have been in the Tri-county area since 1969 helping homeowners just like you get the most from their HVAC systems. Give us a call today!

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