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.
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.