Sound impossible? The truth is that most people don’t use their furnace as efficiently as they could. What’s worse is that when trying to cut costs, they just use their furnace less. Even though this works, it is unnecessary. You don’t need to sacrifice your comfort in order to save money when it comes to heating your home. You could just be doing a few things in your everyday life to thwart your furnace. So, by identifying these habits we can get the most out of our furnaces and our hard earned money.
Lowering Heating Costs
- Use Your Curtains: In the summertime we recommend that you keep your curtains closed during the day to keep that hot sun out. In the winter the exact opposite is true. We want and need that sunshine to help stave off the winter cold. Open your curtains during the day and use the natural heating of the sun to supplement your furnace. At night, be sure to close the curtains to stifle any drafts or leaks in your windows.
- Keep Your Heating Vents Clear: Where are your heating vents in your home? Take a minute to locate them in every room. Be sure to remove any obstructions that may be blocking them. It is all too easy to throw an area rug or sofa accidentally over the vent. This will slow down the heating process causing your furnace to run longer than it needs to.
- Proper Fan Use: This point is twofold. On the one hand, be sure to use your ceiling fans on a low setting in winter mode. This will cause all the hot air accumulating at your ceiling to recirculate. Second, be sure to use your kitchen or bathroom fans wisely. These can quickly suck up the heat from your home. Be sure to keep the bathroom door closed whenever this fan is in operation.
There’s plenty more you can do to keep your furnace working as efficiently as possible. These include insulation, sealing drafts, and turning down your water heater. But by implementing the changes listed above you can cut down on heating costs for free. You’ll see a reduction in your heating bill every month and start reaping the savings instantly. There’s no need to keep your furnace off this winter when you can simply use it to the fullest.