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Tune Up Your Furnace

Your furnace will operate at the maximum capacity when it is clean and properly lubricated. A simple tune-up can increase a furnace's heating efficiency by 5%.

Tune ups

  • Keep your furnace lubricated and properly adjusted.
  • Calibrate your thermostat.
  • Tune a gas furnace every two years.
  • Oil furnaces should be tuned up annually.
  • Geothermal heat pumps should be professionally serviced every two or three years

Clean the small parts

  • Clean or replace dirty filters
  • Clean intake screens
  • Clean condenser coils
  • Clean supply registers
  • Clean return grills

Forced Air Systems

  • Insulate ducts with R-6 or greater fiberglass insulation wherever they pass through unheated spaces
  • During the heating season, change or clean your filters once a month. The heater uses more energy when the filter is dirty.

Electric Heating Systems

  • Consider installing a heat pump. Heat pumps use thermal energy from outside air for both heating and cooling. Heat pumps that use thermal energy from outside air are 1.5 to 4 times more efficient than electric-resistance heating.

Hot Water/Steam Systems

  • Put a reflector behind the heater. A reflector will 'bounce back' heat lost through the wall.
  • You can make a reflector by taping aluminum foil on cardboard.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Find the LIHEAP program in your state that can assist you with your needs.

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