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Quick Tips: Simple ways to make your heating system run more efficiently
- Pay attention to the thermostat. Keeping the temperature a few degrees cooler can lower your heating bill and you can still be comfortable. It's a matter of personal preference, but setting your thermostat to 68°F can help you save energy.
- Check forced-air furnace filters regularly and clean or replace them as often as once a month during the heating season. Shake reusable filters outside or spray them with a garden hose. Be sure they're dry before replacing.
- Drapes can add an extra layer of insulation. Blinds also can insulate, but they aren't as effective. Keep your drapes closed at night, and during the day if it's particularly cold.
- Keep drapes and furniture clear of heaters and vents.
- Don't block registers, baseboards, radiators or cold air returns. Air must circulate through and around them for maximum efficiency.
Long-term Solutions: Winterize your home now, save energy later
Installing energy-saving measures in your home can reduce your energy use during colder weather.
- Add more insulation in the attic if it has less than six inches.
- Check crawlspaces, and replace any damaged or loose insulation; or add more if needed.
- Seal air leaks around doors with weather stripping.
- Caulk and seal air leaks around windows, recessed lighting, ceiling fans, attic access hatches and where utilities enter the house.
- Have your heating system tuned up for maximum efficiency.
- Consider installing a programmable thermostat that can be set back automatically at night and while you're away from home during the day.
- Seal heating ducts and insulate ducts that run through unheated spaces