Now that cooler weather is here to stay in Cedar Rapids, most homeowners will start truly thinking about flipping on the furnace for the season. With that flip of the switch comes new attention both for your comfort and for your wallet.
Energy efficiency universally affects everyone who operates a furnace or air conditioner and also has an effect on the environment depending on the efficiency of the system. So when you’re searching for little ways to make a big impact on the energy efficiency of your furnace this year, think about these tips:
- Filters: likely the most unused simple fix to help better the energy efficiency of your furnace, swapping out filters as recommended not only helps the air flow more freely, but it can also help you keep your indoor air quality up to par.
- Thermostat settings: dialing your thermostat a few degrees cooler than normal is a very simple way to save a few dollars. Comfort is still key, but you may be surprised what a few degrees cooler can do for your energy costs.
- Programmable thermostat: don’t feel like always adjusting your thermostat before you are away for the day or when you know you won’t be around for an extended period? Programmable thermostats can provide you with savings by keeping your home cooler when you’re away or when you’re sleeping and the temperature isn’t as important.
- Weatherstripping: whether it’s around your doors or windows, weatherstripping can help keep warm air from escaping after you’ve already paid for it. Take a couple minutes to walk around your home and look at your windows and doors and figure out if they need to be re-caulked or need new weatherstripping.
Comfort is something we’re always looking for no matter whether it’s furnace season or air conditioning season. These few tips are the ideal place to start so you can transition to the new season while still working to boost the efficiency of your furnace and possibly save a few dollars. If you’d like to know any more about these tips or are in the market for a new furnace, give the pros at Ilten's Incorporated a call at 319-208-3295.