How Maintenance Can Help You Save on Heating Costs
Heating costs can soar during the winter, especially when freezing climates hit the east coast. Fortunately, proper maintenance of your heating system can help you save on heating costs. Here’s how:
1. Replace the filter to improve efficiency.
Many people fail to replace their furnace’s filter as often as necessary. A dirty filter can inhibit the proper operation of the furnace, causing it to work harder than necessary to keep temperatures low. By replacing the filter at least once per month (or as needed), you can improve the efficiency of your furnace.
2. Clean the flue on a regular basis.
If you’re using a wood burning heater, make sure to have the flue cleaned out regularly. Burnt debris can sometimes stick to the inside of the flue and inhibit heat from flowing through the system. This can also lead to a fire hazard within the home, so make sure to use a wire brush to clean it out on a regular basis.
3. Seal duct leaks.
If there are leaks in your air ducts, you’re wasting energy. Your furnace has to work harder than usual to maintain a constant temperature if air is leaking into the home from holes in the ducts, but taking the time to seek out and patch these holes can improve your energy efficiency.
4. Turn down the temperature of your water heater.
It’s harder to heat water during the winter. By dropping the temperature of the water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, you lower your heating costs and reduce the risk of scalding your hands with hot water.
5. Schedule routine inspections.
There’s no alternative to having a professional inspect your furnace. By doing this at least twice a year, you can identify potential problems before they occur. Routine maintenance cuts out on repair costs later down the line, and also improves the efficiency of your system and lowers energy costs.
Schedule a Maintenance Appointment With Quick Servant Today
Following these five tips can help you reduce your heating costs this winter. However, performing maintenance throughout the year is a good habit to get into. If you aren’t sure how efficient your system may be, contact Quick Servant today for an estimate for inspection and be sure to schedule your maintenance appointment today.