Furnace Tips for the New Year

December 30, 2013

With 2014 just around the corner, cash may be a little tight as you get through the holiday season—it seems like every weekend is filled with gift exchanges, holiday sales, and potlucks. As you go into the new year, think about how you can save money within your home… Specifically your heating system!

Your furnace can seem like a money vacuum when your energy bills arrive each month, but if you’re smart about operating your heating system efficiently throughout your home, you can save some here and there.

Spend a little time to read further on tips for saving money on your furnace and contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling for all your HVAC needs in Morrow, Ohio!

Ensure That Your Furnace Runs Efficiently

Do you know how energy-efficient your furnace is? You can check the AFUE rating on your system to see how much heat you might be losing—the higher the percentage, the more money you’ll save from energy efficiency. If your furnace is below 80 percent AFUE, it might be time for a more energy-efficient model.

One way to ensure that your current furnace is operating at maximum efficiency is to have it inspected and maintained by a professional HVAC technician. He or she will be able to pinpoint any problems your unit might be experience and suggest ways to use the system efficiently that can get you through the even colder months of January and February.

Save Money with a Programmable Thermostat

There’s no need to waste your money heating your home when no one is around to benefit from the warmth—this is where a programmable thermostat comes in.

Most programmable thermostats can run on a 5-2 (weekday-weekend) schedule in addition to daily settings. With these options, you can set your heat at a lower temperature during the workday when everyone is out of the house and then higher before you arrive home in the evenings. You can also keep it warmer on Saturdays and Sundays, as you’re cleaning up the rooms from your holiday celebrations.

Your home can stay warm enough to keep your family comfortable while still giving your furnace a break from heating empty rooms.

If you have any travel plans for early 2014, you can also adjust the settings to keep your home just warm enough to prevent your water pipes from bursting during your January vacation.

Keep Your Home Comfortably Warm

Aside from technical settings on your furnace, there are other tricks you can do to save money and maintain a comfortable temperature:

  • Shut curtains during the evenings and night to add an extra layer of insulation and prevent heat from escaping.
  • Keep your curtains and blinds open during the day to allow the sun to naturally heat your home.
  • Make sure your chimney is fully closed and that all your windows are locked and sealed shut.
  • Switch your ceiling fans to the “reverse” or winter setting to help bring back down the heat that rises in each room.

Call Rick’s for Gas & Oil Heating Services in Cincinnati, Ohio

If you need professional help with your gas or oil heating system in the New Year and live in the Cincinnati, OH area, contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling—we offer superior furnace installation, repair, maintenance, and replacement for homeowners.