Top Ten Furnace Tips

  1. Top Ten Furnace TipsClean or replace filters on furnaces and air conditioners once a month or as recommended.
  2. Set your thermostat at 65°-68° F during the winter while you're home during the day, and lower it at night or while you're away to 55°-58° F. Seniors and individuals with health problems may require a warmer setting
  3. Install a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature when you're not at home. You could see up to 15 percent in annual savings by programming your thermostat five degrees lower for eight hours per day during the winter.
  4. In winter, open window treatments to let in the sun's warmth during the day. Close window treatments at night to slow the loss of heat through the glass.
  5. Seal air leaks with caulking and weather-stripping materials to keep temperatures in the home controlled. Check for air leaks around doors and windows, behind electrical outlets, around pipes, along attic hatches and around your chimney.
  6. The furnace heat exchanger is the metal wall or tubing that is heated up when the burners are ignited. The inside of the heat exchanger allows the toxic flue gases produced from the burners to exhaust out through the furnace flue. Have your furnace heat exchangers inspected by a qualified service technician who can camera your system to ensure your heat exchangers are not compromised and your home is safe.
  7. If the fuse blows or the circuit trips repeatedly when the furnace or air conditioner turns on, there is a problem in the electrical system. In this case, do not try to fix the furnace. Call a professional service person.
  8. Change the batteries in your digital thermostat annually: People forget that their digital thermostat has batteries in it. If you get in the habit of changing the batteries annually, you can eliminate a no-heat situation.
  9. This advice may sound counter-intuitive, but you should actually use your ceiling fans during the winter. A ceiling fan set in reverse can draw warm air through your home, helping to keep it warm
  10. Consider increasing the insulation in your home.