November 19, 2015

Increase Your Heater’s Efficiency On Your Own

While we’re happy to come out and make sure your furnace is working properly, there are a couple of simple things you can do to increase your heater’s efficiency before and during the winter season.
Replace the Filters
Use the Halloween holiday as a reminder to replace dirty filters. Dirty filters reduce airflow through the machine. As a result, your system has to work a lot harder. By changing the filters, you can increase efficiency by ten to fifteen percent.
We recommend changing your filters every three months. We can actually get you on a filter program where we send them to you directly, which acts as a little reminder in itself.
Set Programmable Thermostat
If you have a programmable thermostat, go ahead and schedule it for winter. We recommend only setting your temperature back two to three degrees. By doing that, you’ll maximize the efficiency of your machine and your thermostat. Each degree is the equivalent to about a five percent savings on your gas or electric bill.
Be sure not to set it back more than three degrees. If you do, you’ll put your heater in a position where it has to work really hard and really long to get your home back up to the desired temperature. The savings you think you’re realizing pretty much get neutralized by the amount of run time it takes to reset.
Set Temp Manually
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you could set a timer on your phone to remind you to turn it down manually two to three degrees before you leave for work. Then when you get home, turn it back up.
It’s never too late to increase your heater’s efficiency by changing the filters and programming your thermostat. Call me if you have any questions at 1-610-257-7702.

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