By this time of the year, the furnace that heats your home has provided you with hours of warmth. If the heating bill has gotten out of hand, there's some things that you'll need to have checked and consider doing to ensure that the system is running as efficiently as possible for the rest of this winter season. Here, you'll find a short list of things to do to help ensure that your furnace keeps heating until spring finally arrives.
Check the Thermostat Batteries
One thing that many homeowners neglect to do is to change the batteries in digital thermostats. This mechanism is the thing that tells the furnace when to turn on and off, so when the batteries are low on power, it may not work as it should – the temperature readings may be off enough to cause your furnace to run much more than it should.
Note: If you don't have a digital thermostat, now's the time to get one. These gadgets can reduce your heating and cooling costs tremendously as they can be programmed to automatically adjust the temperature when you're not home or sleeping comfortably in your bed.
Change the Filter
There is a filter inside your furnace that should be changed every month or so. If you smoke in your home, or if you live in a dusty environment, the filter may need to be changed more often, or you may need to upgrade to a better quality filter.
When this filter gets caked with dust and dirt, the furnace has to work harder to pull air into it to make heat. This causes your utility bills to rise a good bit.
Clear the Vents
Have you rearranged your furniture and blocked any of the vents? If so, you need to clear any obstacles from the vents. Both the cold air return vents and the heat supply vents need to be clear – air needs to flow into and out of these vents without any restriction to optimize the performance of the home's heating system.
Consider Supplemental Heat
If you have one area or a couple of small spaces that just don't get as warm as the rest of the home, don't bump the thermostat up – instead, invest in a small, supplemental heating unit. This way, you're not forcing your furnace to work harder to heat the entire home when you're only feeling the chill in one area.
Talk with a heating contractor, like those at D & R Service Inc, to learn more about what you can do to improve the performance of your heating system this late into the season.