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Along with a lot of other everyday expenses, home heating & air conditioning costs have risen to levels that are almost shockingly high. These rapidly escalating expenses make it important to know how you can help your furnace run more efficiently.
When you’re paying too much for home heating and you can’t or don’t want to replace your current furnace with a new high efficiency model, following these tips can help you lower your home heating costs by helping your furnace run more efficiently. Although some are more effective than others, none of them are expensive or time-consuming. As cheap and easy as they are, when you add them all up, they can produce some noticeable savings.
First and foremost, every year have your furnace inspected and serviced by an experienced, trained HVAC service contractor. Any home heating unit (gas, electric, oil, propane and so forth) will operate much more efficiently if it’s been properly cleaned, serviced and maintained. Annual furnace checkups aren’t that expensive and the increased efficiency will cause your unit to use less energy. In a climate as cold as Chicago’s the decrease in energy costs that you’ll see will probably make up for the cost of the service call very quickly.
Second, ensuring that your furnace filter is clean will also help improve your system’s efficiency. A good Chicago air conditioning and heating service technician will check and clean or replace your furnace filter during an annual inspection, but it’s up to you to make sure it’s always clean during the other months your furnace is running. Check it once or twice a month during heating season. It’s quick and easy to do. Some furnaces have removable washable filters (cleaning one doesn’t cost anything); others use filters you toss away when they get dirty. Either way, making sure your furnace filter is clean is easy and inexpensive. Your furnace will run more efficiently and use less energy because it won’t need to work as hard.
You could also consider having your HVAC technician install a device called a variable-speed fan. The air your furnace heats is pushed throughout your home by a fan, and variable-speed models are more energy efficient than the more common single-speed type. Because Chicago’s winters are so cold, this alone could save you hundreds of dollars in energy costs every year.
24 Heating & Cooling has the highly trained HVAC technicians you need to keep your furnace operating smoothly and efficiently. Follow these tips and you’ll enjoy a warm cozy home with lower utility bills.