Your Home: Heating
Updated: 10/01/2011 11:30 AM
By: Ryan Peterson
As summer draws to a close and the colder temperatures of fall and winter begin to creep in, we're all going to be turning off the AC and kicking the old furnace back on. But before you do, there are some steps to take to ensure your heating system is running as it should.
Energy Efficiency Expert, Terry Bikowicz said, “The first thing a homeowner should do is have a professional come in and do a tune-up on their system. Make sure it's running safe and efficiently.”
Check for cracks and gaps around windows, doors and exterior walls. You want to keep that warm air inside where it belongs.
“If you can take where those windows, where the glass is meeting the wood on some of the older windows and seal them with a caulk or seal around the edges with a caulk it's going to help that nice warm air stay in the home,” said Bikowicz.
If you don't have a programmable thermostat in your home, research shows that you should invest in one. By the way, that same research reveals those who do have one aren't taking advantage of the programming feature.
Bikowicz also said, “What they really have to do is get that into the programming mode so that it's setting back the heat when they're not in the house so they can start saving. If they don't know how to do it, when the professional technician is out doing the maintenance they can show them.”
Keep in mind too if your heating system is 15 years old or older, it's time to think about installing a newer, more efficient one. New furnaces that are rated 98% efficient will save you as much as $800 per year on your utility bill.
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