Oil furnaces, if properly tuned and maintained, are fuel efficient and clean heating options for your Michigan home. Taking simple actions can make your furnace even more efficient, keeping your fuel use down and your energy bills as low as possible.
Here are some simple tips to make your furnace burn less oil:
- Change your furnace filter once a month. A clogged air filter makes your furnace work harder. This means it’s burning more fuel just to keep your home comfortable. Set a date once a month to inspect your air filter. If it has debris, either clean it out or change it.
- Use caulking and weatherstripping to stop air drafts. The heat in your home can escape through cracks and openings around your windows and doors. Caulking can block drafts that come in around your frames, while weatherstripping can block drafts coming around the moveable parts of your windows and doors.
- Seal and insulate your ductwork. Did you know that you can lose 20 percent or more of your heating through gaps and leaks in your ducts? Have an HVAC contractor inspect your ductwork, and then make any needed repairs. Insulating your ducts can also improve the efficiency of your furnace.
- Use a programmable thermostat. There is no need to run your oil furnace at full blast when no one is home. Have a professional install a programmable thermostat. You can program it to come on when you’re home and turn down when you’re not.
- Have an annual furnace tune-up. Your furnace works hard during the cold season, and an HVAC technician can tune t to work at its most efficient. This will also lengthen the life of the furnace and lower your repair costs.
- Make sure your vents are not blocked. Your furnace requires clear airflow to run efficiently. Remove any furniture, carpeting, or other items that may be blocking your vents.
If you want to discover more ways to make your furnace burn less oil, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing in Traverse City today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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