It’s winter in Portland, which means your furnace will be working extra hard for you for the next few months. It’ll keep you warm and cozy, but that could come with a high price tag. How efficient is your furnace?
The energy efficiency of your furnace can affect everything from your comfort to your wallet to our environment. Because energy efficiency is so important to so many things, we’ve collected some simple tips for you that can help you keep your furnace running efficiently:
- Change your furnace filter: people forget to check and change their furnace filters regularly, which is bad news because this is probably the easiest thing you can do to keep your furnace running efficiently and help improve your indoor air quality. Simply set a reminder to check it regularly and change it if it’s getting grimy.
- Adjust your thermostat settings: bumping your thermostat down just a few degrees below where you ordinarily have it can help you save money on your heating bill without compromising on your comfort.
- Use a programmable thermostat: if you don’t want the hassle of fine-tuning your thermostat every day or trying to remember to change it before a vacation, you’d benefit from a programmable thermostat. It can help you save money by automatically lowering the temperature in your home when you’re out or when you’re sleeping.
- Install weatherstripping: sealing around your doors and windows can help contain warm air inside your home. Look at your doors and windows and install new weatherstripping where needed and re-caulk any areas that need it.
Everyone likes to be comfortable, even if it’s not outside. These tips can help make your home comfort more affordable by increasing the efficiency of your furnace. If you’d like more information about these tips or if you’re in the market for a new furnace, call Three Rivers Heating & Cooling at 503-213-4433.