Tune your furnace for fall
As the autumn air turns crisp, it’s time to make sure your heating system is working properly. You can save energy this fall and winter by having your furnace serviced.
Here are some tips:
- Get a routine maintenance and inspection of your heating system each autumn to make sure it is in good working order.
- Check furnace filters. Be sure to clean or replace your system’s air filter. At a minimum, change the filter every three months; a dirty filter clogs the system, making the system work harder to keep you warm.
- Reverse the switch on your ceiling fans so they blow upward, toward the ceiling.
- Make sure all heating vents are opened and unblocked by furniture or other items. This will ensure that the air is evenly distributed through the home.
- Duct air leakage is one of the largest energy-wasters in your heating system. Heating contractors can check your ducts for air leakage, and seal the biggest leaks. Believe it or not, duct tape is not a good choice for sealing ducts because its adhesive usually fails after a short time. Duct mastic, available in cans or buckets, is an effective and permanent material for sealing duct air leaks.