dog wearing coatYour furnace works hard to keep your house warm and comfortable in the cold, winter months and that can translate into higher energy bills.  Your heating repair company in Frisco, TX can give your furnace a fall tune-up to make sure that your unit works the way it’s supposed to when the temperature drop.  But there are a few things you can do to help your furnace work more efficiently and warm your home without breaking the bank:

 

1.  Change your furnace filters every month.  Clean filters mean more efficient heating because air flow to the furnace isn’t constricted.  Unfortunately, changing filters regularly is a job most homeowners put off until they have a problem.

2.  Caulk and weatherstrip around doors and windows.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, simple leaks can reduce home energy efficiency by 5% to 30% a year.  Check for leaks by carefully holding a lit incense stick and moving it around window and door frames and watching for the smoke to waver.  This is a point at which air is leaking in and heat is leaking out.

3.  Check your ductwork for leaks.  If you don’t want to crawl into your attic, then call your heating repair company in Frisco, TX to do the job for you.  Ductwork that is cracked or torn will leak heat into your attic instead of into your home.

4.  Increase your home’s insulation.  Boosting the insulation in your walls is labor-intensive and potentially costly but boosting the insulation in your attic is easier and will help keep warm air inside your home instead of in your attic.  Your heating repair technician should be able to evaluate your insulation to see if you have enough.  And there are government incentives to help you pay for increasing your insulation.

5.  Run ceiling fans in reverse.  During the hot, summer months, your ceiling fans should rotate in a counter-clockwise direction to push cool air down but in the winter months, they should be switched to clockwise.  Warm air pooled near your ceiling will be pushed down and recirculated into your home.

6.  Cover your windows in plastic.  If you have older windows and can’t afford to replace them with more energy-efficient ones, you can buy window insulation kits at your local hardware store to add a coat of near-invisible plastic to your windows to keep heat from escaping through the glass.

7.  Wear warmer clothing.  Your thermostat doesn’t have to be set to blast furnace temperatures.  You’ll save energy by turning your thermostat down a few degrees and wearing warmer clothing inside your home.

8.  Upgrade your unit.  If your furnace is old and your energy costs in the winter are through the roof, consider replacing it with a newer, Energy Star-certified furnace.  You’ll recover the cost of replacement in lower monthly energy bills.

 

When you make Chrome Heating & Air Conditioning your heating repair company in Frisco, TX, you can be sure that you’re getting the most reliable, professional service in the area.  Chrome has over 25 years of HVAC experience and can help you help your furnace to work more efficiently.  Call us at 469-238-8104 to schedule a fall checkup for your furnace.  And visit www.chromeairconditioning.com to learn more about us and the services we offer.

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