Staying on top of your heating system maintenance will make it last longer and run more efficiently. Here are a few tips that can help you this fall.

ANNUAL TUNE-UPS: Just like your vehicle a heating system needs annual maintenance so plan to have a furnace inspector check out the system.

FILTER SWITCH: Filters should be checked every month and replaced regularly in the heavy-use seasons. A dirty filter slows air flow and wastes energy by making the system work harder. It can also lead to expensive mechanical maintenance or even failure if dirt and dust are allowed to build up. Select a quality replacement model for optimum dust screening.

PROGRAM FOR SAVINGS: Changing your thermostat to a programmable one allows you to control the temperature in the home at different times of day without you being there. They can save 12% or more on your energy bill.

FIX LEAKY DUCTS: Reducing duct air leakage and improving duct insulation has enormous potential to reduce utility bills. Use duct sealant (mastic) or metal backed tape (never duct tape) to seal all seams and connections. Follow with insulation wrap.

IMPROVE HOME INSULATION: Using an effective insulation and air barrier product contributes to comfort, reduces energy bills and complements your furnace maintenance. By minimizing air leaks the furnace doesn't have to work so hard to get the home's temperature to the desired level. This saves money while extending the life of the heating system.

Tricia Greer

Tricia Greer

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