If you decide to change your heating system, you'll have to consider what type of fuel you want to use. Cost and availability of fuel is usually the deciding factor. If you're keeping your present system, here are a few ways you can improve its operation.
Note: If you think you might be having problems with household air supply, contact a registered heating contractor for advice. If the problem turns out to be inadequate air supply, the contractor will be able to find ways to bring in outside air. There are specific requirements for this which depend on the type of system you have.
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Learn how to improve home energy efficiency, make your home more comfortable, and save money without expensive upgrades or months of renovations. Use our tips and slash your energy bills without sacrificing comfort. Read more...
Worn and torn weather stripping around windows and doors waste energy when heating and cooling your home. Since 6 to 10 percent of a home's energy loss occurs around windows and doors without proper airtight seal, it is good idea to check for drafts by holding a lit candle around window frames and doors. If candle flickers, you have a draft and need to replace or install weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors. It is also good idea to add a door sweep. Read more...
Programmable thermostats can help you cat your energy bill by 10 percent or more. They can be set to automatically turn down the temperature for any number of hours during a day or night, either when you're not home or when you're sleeping. They are now cheaper than ever, with models starting under $30. Also, make sure your thermostat is on the right wall.
Turning down the thermostat is a good way to save heat.
Replacing weather stripping is typically a quick and simple DIY job which will cut down on drafts and prevent furnace to work harder.
Close the curtains or window coverings at night so they act as barriers to reduce drafts.
Good insulation is sure way to reduce your heating and cooling costs.
Keep your heating or cooling registers clean and unobstructed (not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes) for even heating or cooling.
Heating system work can be inexpensive or quite costly depending on how much efficiency you want to buy.
Upgrade thermostat - programmable thermostats can help you cut your energy bill by 10 percent or more.