Furnace Efficiency: 5 Tips for a Lower Energy Bill
Winter in New Mexico brings cold temperatures, and that probably means that you will be using your furnace to heat your house.
Here are some furnace care tips from R & R Heating & Air to help you keep your furnace working and to save you from high cost of heating your home during the winter.
Tip 1: Change Your Furnace Filter
A dirty filter can cause your furnace to work over-time to heat your house. By changing the filter, you can save on monthly energy bills.
Check your furnace filter every month. If you can’t see light through the filter, it means it’s time for a change.
Tip 2: Make Sure Vents Are Clear
Check around the house and make sure the heating and cooling vents are clear of boxes, furniture, even dirty clothes. Doing this will help make sure hot air gets where it needs to go so you don’t have to turn up the temperature.
Tip 3: Make Sure the Ducts Are Clean
Dust, debris and other air-polluting impurities can clog up the air duct system, causing less heat to reach the inside of your home. You may turn your heat up in response, which causes your furnace to work harder and your energy bill to go up.
Dirty air ducts can also negatively impact the health of your family.
Tip 4: Change your Thermostat Settings
Turning the thermostat down a few degrees at night can help you save money. When a furnace isn’t working as hard or as often to heat your home, you will see the effects in the lower monthly energy bill. Even lowering the thermostat from 70 to 65 degrees can save approximately 10% of your bill.
Tip 5: Clean Furnace Coils
When grease and dirt build up on furnace condenser coils, they can cause your furnace to stop working properly and efficiently. This work is best performed by the professionals at R & R Heating & Air.
With some simple maintenance, you can make sure that your furnace works well and that your energy bill stays as low as possible.
Tip 6: Call the Professionals to Check for Carbon Monoxide Leaks
Checking for a carbon monoxide leak is one of the most important elements of furnace care. As furnaces age, cracks form in the combustion chamber which allows carbon monoxide to leak into your home and contaminate the air you and your family breath.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced during the combustion process in your furnace. It is also a very toxic and potentially deadly gas that causes hundreds of fatalities every year. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stumbling and loss of muscle control
- Loss of consciousness
Carbon monoxide poisoning can also cause long-term health effects.
That’s why proper furnace care is vital. When you call the professionals at R & R Heating & Air, they will check for carbon monoxide leaks and make any repairs necessary. It’s also a good idea to install multiple carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
If you suspect that you may have a carbon monoxide leak, the first thing to do is get everyone (including pets) out of the house immediately. Then call 911.
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For further furnace maintenance as well as your other heating and air needs, choose R&R Heating & Air. You can count on receiving the high quality, trustworthy service we have been providing Albuquerque with for years!