Heating Your Home

Older, less efficient furnaces can waste as much as 50% of the energy they use. You need to keep your furnace in good shape for it to be most effective. Have it inspected or tuned up once a year — in the fall is best, before the winter heating season begins. You may want to have a professional do it to ensure a proper, safe inspection. The inspector will need to:

  • Inspect and replace all filters.
  • Lubricate all motors.
  • Clean the burner, combustion chamber, and heat exchange surfaces.
  • Adjust the pilot and burner (if applicable).

The inspector also will need to check:

  • That the flame in the furnace is blue — a yellow or orange flame means the gas is not burning properly.
  • Fan belts and blowers and adjust loose belts.
  • Safety controls.
  • Barometric damper operation.
  • Thermostat operation and location.
  • The thermocouple.
  • The chimney base and flue pipe.
  • The vent terminals to make sure they’re not blocked.

Your thermostat

Want an easy, programmable thermostat you can manage online and that can save you as much as 10% on your energy usage? Here are some other simple tips for managing your thermostat and controlling energy costs:

  • Set your thermostat at 21° C for heating and 26° C for cooling — these are the best temperatures for keeping you comfortable and for keeping your heating and cooling systems efficient.
  • Set your thermostat lower for heating or higher for cooling overnight or when you’re not home.
  • Check, clean and calibrate your thermostat periodically to ensure it is accurate and working well.