Saving energy on home heating isn’t just good for the environment. It’s good for your wallet, too.
The average Canadian family spends $2,000 a year on energy bills and nearly half of that goes to heating and cooling.
Here are some ways to reduce that expense and the amount of energy your family consumes during the winter:
- Have your heating equipment professionally inspected. A qualified heating contractor can make sure your furnace is running safely and at top efficiency. Annual inspections are recommended.
- Keep the system clean. A dirty filter impedes airflow and is more likely to allow dirt into the furnace or heat pump, increasing heating costs and causing your furnace to wear out faster.
- Check the furnace filter monthly and replace or change it when necessary.
- Vacuum registers, baseboard heaters and radiators to remove dust that can keep some of the warm air from reaching a room.
- Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat lowers the setting automatically during the times you’re normally away from home or in bed.
- Upgrade wisely. If your heating equipment is 15 or more years old, or if it has been poorly maintained, it may be time for a more efficient replacement. Make sure the new system is the proper size for your home, however. An oversized system will cost more to buy and operate and will cycle on and off too frequently.
The R.J. Wiley team is always available to answer any of your questions concerning furnace installation, maintenance and duct cleaning services. Contact us today: 905-390-1808 / 1-866-678-2620.