It’s winter in the Bay Area, which means your furnace will be working extra hard for you for the next few months. It’ll keep you nice and cozy, but that could cost you. How efficient is your furnace?
The energy efficiency of your furnace has an impact on everything from your comfort to your wallet to our environment. Because energy efficiency is so important to so many things, we’ve pulled together some simple tips for you that can help you keep your furnace operating efficiently:
- Change your furnace filter: people forget to check and change their furnace filters regularly, which is bad news because this is probably the most effortless thing you can do to keep your furnace running efficiently and help improve your indoor air quality. Simply set a reminder to check it regularly and change it if it’s getting clogged.
- Adjust your thermostat settings: turning your thermostat down just a few degrees lower than you ordinarily have it can help you save money on your heating bill without affecting your comfort.
- Use a programmable thermostat: if you don’t want the hassle of fine-tuning your thermostat every day or trying to remember to tweak it before a vacation, you’d benefit from a programmable thermostat. It can help you save money by automatically lowering the temperature in your home when you’re gone or when you’re sleeping.
- Install weatherstripping: sealing around your doors and windows can help contain warm air inside your home. Check your doors and windows and install new weatherstripping where it’s dry or cracking and re-caulk any areas that need it.
Everyone likes to be comfortable, no matter what the weather is like outside. These tips can help make your home comfort more affordable by improving the efficiency of your furnace. If you’d like more information about these tips or if you’re shopping for a new furnace, call Contra Costa Heating & AC at 510-343-9841.