Furnaces create heat, but they do nothing to prevent heat from escaping your home or cold air from penetrating into your home. If your home is poorly equipped to retain heat, your furnace will have to work overtime to keep your home warm. The longer and harder your furnace has to work, the more you end up paying in heating costs. By making your home more energy-efficient, you will save yourself money over the long run.
Proper Thermostat Use
Walking around in shorts and a T-shirt while a blizzard rages outside can be surreal and enjoyable. On the other hand, if your home is balmy and warm in the dead of winter, then your furnace is working too hard.
If you turn down your thermostat for 8 hours or more, you can reduce your heating costs by about 1% for every degree you go down. Thus, if you turn your thermostat down from 72 degrees to 67 for 8 hours, you could decrease your heating costs by 5%. Learn to dress for the season so that you can run your thermostat at a lower temperature and help you save money over the course of the winter season.
Check the Weatherstripping on Your Doors
The weatherstripping on your doors is subjected to friction and other wear and tear. Simply moving an appliance into your home might cause your weatherstripping to tear as you squeeze the appliance past. Holes in the weatherstripping around doors can allow cold air to seep into your home as the heated air from your furnace leaks out. Thus, you should regularly check the rubber weatherstripping around your doors and replace it when necessary.
Finding Film for Your Windows
Windows do not have much in the way of insulating properties. A lot of heat will exit your home right through your windows. Thus, if you want to keep your heating costs down, you should install reflective film on your windows. The film will help to keep heat in and cold out.
If you have to run your furnace constantly just to keep your home comfortable, then you are wasting money and energy. There is not one key or secret to boosting the efficiency of your home. Instead, you should take multiple steps to prevent heat from leaking out of your home and to keep your furnace running efficiently. Proactive homeowners who are smart about heat efficiency can save on heating costs.
Talk with a heating contractor like Clay's Climate Control LLC to make sure your home is ready for chilly winter months.