Take some time before the heating season starts to improve energy efficiency and prolong the life of your furnace.

The winter’s energy bills can be tough. You might not even realize how much energy your furnace is eating up because it’s always running, which costs even more in the winter! Here are six ways to save on your furnace bills this winter.

If you don’t have a newer energy-efficient furnace, it’s worth making the most of the one you have. Take some time before the heating season starts to improve energy efficiency and prolong the life of your furnace. Here are some tips for doing this, which will give you a more energy-efficient home.

  1. Change the air filter. It’s important that HVAC filters get changed at least every three months (although you should check it monthly during the winter to make sure it isn’t too dirty). This will make your household air cleaner and help prevent damage to your furnace.
  2. Check and clean the vents. Take a look around your house and make sure there aren’t any obstructed air vents; if vents are clogged, the furnace has to work harder. To unclog vents, remove the cover and vacuum them out.
  3. Check and remedy areas in your home where heat escapes. Heat escape points make your furnace work harder and waste money. Keeping cracks or gaps around walls, doors, and windows sealed will help keep heat in. If your house doesn’t have insulation in the attic, walls, or floors, adding it can save energy and money as well.
  4. Rethink the thermostat. The US Department of Energy advises setting your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re awake and about 7 to 10°F lower at night. You may save up to 10% on your heating costs by lowering the thermostat for eight hours every day. Alternatively, consider installing a programmable thermostat to customize heating schedules and temperature preferences for you.
  5. Get a tune-up. Have your furnace checked by a Green Apple HVAC service technician. They will inspect all components of your heating system and clean out any dust that has built up over the last year, since, if not cleaned regularly, your furnace may require extensive repairs. Green Apple HVAC service technicians use diagnostic equipment to adjust your furnace for maximum efficiency, safety, and comfort. This will save you money on heating bills and prolong the life of your furnace.
  6. Replace your furnace with an energy-efficient one. Whereas older furnaces have efficiencies of only 56% to 70%,  the most energy-efficient furnaces can attain higher efficiencies resulting in saving up to 50% on your fuel costs. Consider an energy-efficient gas furnace, an energy-efficient electric furnace, or an energy-efficient propane furnace.
  7. Green Apple Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priorities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC needs call us today toll-free at 888-611-7191

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