Winter is coming, and it promises to be as bitter as ever. But that is just part of the experience of living in South Mountain, Ontario. We may be used to the cold, but it doesn’t hurt to have a heating system especially considering how reliable and effective they are. The winter season is too long and too cold to be overpaying for comfort.

You could contact your HVAC service provider for a heater replacement, but this might not be necessary if your furnace is 10 years old or younger. There are things you could do to help boost your furnace’s efficiency other than servicing or replacing.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

The thermostat is a small component that you can upgrade to raise and boost the efficiency of your furnace. It is small but not in any way a minor component. It is essential to your HVAC system as it communicates with your heater. Upgrading your thermostat to a more digital or better programmable thermostat will give you the ability to enjoy affordable heating.

Use Weatherstripping

Cracks and breaches on your doors and windows give way for conditioned air to escape. This means that you lose energy that will cost you money. Homeowners should invest in weatherstripping to seal doors and windows to make sure that the heat stays in the home.

Use Your Ceiling Fan!

This is a trick not well known but during the summertime, you should use your ceiling fans to create an evenly distributed flow of air. Ceiling fans also ensure that your family and friend’s bodies are cooled down faster without adjusting your air conditioner.

While your ceiling fans are on you can turn up the thermostat and use the AC more efficiently. During winter, you can utilize the ceiling fans reverse feature to push down the heated air from the ceiling for a faster and more efficient distribution of hot air. Your furnace’s efficiency is increased in this way.

Schedule Regular Heating Maintenance

Routine tune-ups are recommended for your furnace to make sure it is performing at its peak.  The furnace performs both effectively and efficiently. During maintenance, technicians critically inspect your furnace for any repairs that may need to be carried out. Necessary adjustments need to be carried out immediately to avoid midwinter breakdowns that leave you freezing in your home.

Maintenance should be done once a year for furnaces, and every six months for heat pumps or ductless systems.