- Close any vents in unused areas of your home and keep those doors shut. Why pay to heat the entire home when you only use a few rooms?
- Don’t use kitchen and bathroom fans unless absolutely necessary. They are vented to the outside and will suck heated air out of your home. According to the Department of Energy, in just one hour, a hard-working bathroom or kitchen fan can expel an entire houseful of warm air which your furnace has to work hard to replace.
- Replace or clean your furnace filter so your furnace doesn’t have to work so hard. Don’t forget to do this once a month. (Okay, technically, this isn’t free since you have to buy replaceable filters, but most people have them handy and it’s important to do even if energy savings isn’t your main goal).
- Rearrange any furniture that is blocking a vent to take maximum advantage of that air flow.
- Take advantage of the sun – it’s free! Open drapes and blinds on south facing windows during sunny hours. During evening hours, keep windows covered to slow the loss of heat from the room.
- If you have an attached garage, keep the big door shut as much as possible.
- Don’t use a traditional wood burning fireplace to heat – it will suck more warm air out the flue than it will return in heat from the fire. Also make sure the damper is closed when it is not being used.
- Lower the temperature on your water heater. Usually lowering it to 115-120 degrees reduces power use without users noticing too much of a difference.
- Lower your thermostat a couple of degrees when you are home and wear socks and sweaters.
Getzschman Heating and Cooling has replaced hundreds of furnaces since we began serving the Omaha area in 1960. Whether it was because a homeowner wanted to upgrade to a more energy efficient system or because a home’s furnace was on its last leg and the homeowner wanted to avoid a break down in the middle of winter. Each time we replace a furnace, the G-Force team works with the homeowner to help them make an educated decision about the furnace they are purchasing.
Knowing the answers to these questions will help you make a well-informed decision about your home’s furnace upgrade. For more information about furnace replacements or to learn about the options available at Getzschman, give us a call today.