How to run your furnace more efficiently

With the winter season almost here in Toronto, most houses already have their furnace working. Because your furnace is tucked away in your basement, you might not really notice how hard it works to keep your home warm. Keeping your furnace clean goes hand in hand with its longevity and efficiency. Here are 5 ways you can keep your furnace efficient and save on your monthly bills.

1- Keep an eye on your filter
The furnace needs a filter to keep the dust and dirt from getting inside of it. If you have not changed your filter for a while then it can get clogged and it will put more stress on the furnace.

Make sure you check your furnace at least once a month. If you see dust and hair on it, then replace it or wash it if it is a reusable one.

2- Don’t cover the air vents
A furnace needs to circulate the air freely throughout your home in order to work efficiently. Make sure your air vents are not blocked by furniture or dust.

3- Invest in a good thermostat
This is one of the best investments in your house. A programmable thermostat can save your hard earned money by lowering the temperature when you are not home, or overnight when you are sleeping. It is highly recommended to install a smart thermostat so you can monitor the temperature on your phone wherever you are.

4- Invest in attic insulation
Warm air tends to go up and hover below the ceiling. Now if your attic is not insulated properly you can lose heat through your attic. It is been verified that good attic insulation can save up to %50 of your heating and cooling cost.

5- Sign up for a regular heating maintenance plan
Make sure your furnace is inspected and cleaned once a year before the winter. This will ensure its efficiency and longevity. Even one faulty part can cause break down and will be costly to fix. You can get a maintenance plan with annual cleaning as low as $7.99/month.

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