Winter Energy Saving Tips: Furnace and Water Heater

Here are some easy steps that can help increase the performance of your furnace and water heater this winter and save you money.

  1. Clean or replace the furnace filter often during the heating season. Furnaces use less energy if they €œbreathe€ more easily. Follow instructions in the furnace manual.
  2. Get your furnace tuned up by a professional contractor like O’Mara Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. A tune up will ensure your furnace is operating at peak efficiency and help prevent potential major repairs in the future
  3. If your furnace vents out the side of your home, make sure the vents are clear of obstructions, including drifted snow.
  4. Set thermostat at 68º when you’re home and at 65º when away for a short time.
  5. Lower your thermostat to 58º if you’re away from home five hours or more. You use much less energy to heat the house up when you return than to keep it heated while you’re away.
  6. Set your water heater temperature at 120º.
  7. Keep your hot water hot by making sure pipes in unheated areas are insulated.
  8. Put an insulating blanket around your water heater to hold heat in.

If your furnace is 15 years or older you may want to consider replacing it with a more efficient model A 95% efficient furnace is eligible for Consumer Energy rebate checks of $450.00 to $550.00.. With tax credits and manufacturer rebates you can save an additional $ 650.00

Call O’Mara Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today at (616) 527 €“ 9368 for a free estimate on new furnace.