Heating your home is necessary to stay comfortable during the winter. However, the sky-high energy bills are optional. There are at least three things you can do right now to increase your heating system’s energy efficiency this winter.

Change Your Air Filter

A furnace filter removes large particles from the air so they don’t damage your furnace. But if you don’t regularly change your filter, you are suffocating your heater.

You see, as dirt collects in your air filter, it restricts airflow to your furnace. This affects your furnace in a couple of ways.

  • Increased stress – Restricted airflow means your furnace must work harder to provide the same amount of heated air. (It’s kind of like if you had to breathe through a straw.) This reduces the furnace’s energy efficiency and can also take years off its life.
  • Decreased comfort – Since your furnace can only supply as much air as it takes in, the restricted airflow means your home will take much longer to heat.

You can easily change your air filter and the results beneficial, so you really have no excuse for leaving a dirty filter in place.

Get an Annual Furnace Tune-Up

In addition to extending the life of your furnace, maintaining the manufacturer’s warranty and reducing repairs, a furnace tune-up also increases energy efficiency.

During a tune-up, your technician will conduct a professional cleaning that will allow your heating equipment to run more efficiently.

Program Your Thermostat

If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, we can install one today that can pay for itself in less than a year. 

Now that you have one, to get the energy savings you must use it correctly. Set your thermostat down a few degrees when you leave for work and go to bed for the night. Because it’s automatic, you can still set it so you will arrive home and wake up to a warm house.

You’ll save money by using your furnace less and you won’t sacrifice even an ounce of comfort. It’s a win-win.

These three tips will have your furnace running at peak efficiency throughout the winter.

Ragsdale Heating, Air & Plumbing has been providing award-winning service to Atlanta and the surrounding areas for over 20 years. Contact us online for more information.

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