Thursday, January 12, 2017

Saving Tips: Keep Your Furnace Clean

Hey, I got another short and simple savings tip for you today. Hopefully it will help you save a few dollars a month, especially during these cold months.

Keep Your Furnace Clean

Energy is lost when your heating and cooling systems have to work harder to draw air through dirty filters, and when that warmed air is lost through leaky or poorly maintained ducts.

This is why it is important to learn how to clean your furnace filters and do it regularly. If you need help with learning this just do a YouTube search about it. Our home came with an air filtration system that uses metal filters so every few months we pull it apart and spend an hour vacuuming it out then spraying down the filters with a hose/showerhead. No costs involved.

Another thing that is helpful to look at is your ducts and vents. I took a tube of clear caulking and crawled around my crawlspace and furnace room and covered up all of the potential leaks in the ducts that I could find. A good place to focus on is any seams where the ducts connect. Just caulk it up and call it good enough. While I was in the crawlspace doing this I also took a few minutes to check the insulating down there to help keep cold air from seeping in and cooling the ductwork unnecessarily.

I’ve also heard that it’s a good idea to have your ducts cleaned out but I haven’t gotten to the point where I could justify the cost of having duck cleaners come do that yet.

The next item on my furnace cleaning list that I still need to do is to check out all of my vents and make sure that they are securely sealed to the floor/ceiling around them. I’ve noticed in the past that the ductwork under some of the vents have some rather large gaps where they connect to the floor but I couldn’t think of a good solution for sealing them up so I just left them alone, knowing that I was going to be losing some warm air into the floor because of it. But I’ve finally decided that I can get them sealed off like I want with a can of spray foam that they use to install and seal off windows.

So, I hope that you’ve gotten some ideas that you can implement to help reduce your energy bill in the coming months. 

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