Fall Heating Season Checklist With energy costs on the rise this winter, many Chicagoland residents are looking for ways to save on their heating bill this season. Here are a few tips to keep your home warm and cozy while also maximizing your energy dollars.
1. Call to schedule your furnace tune-up
Regular furnace maintenance will help your heating system last longer and enable it to heat your home more efficiently.
2. Replace your furnace filter
A dirty air filter can cause unhealthy air and shorten the life of your furnace. Change your filter once a month, or as recommended by the filter manufacturer.
3. Turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees
For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you'll save up to 5 percent on heating costs.
4. Program your thermostat
If you're on a regular schedule, set your thermostat to turn the temperature down when you are away from home. Better yet, upgrade to a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats learn your household routine, tuning the heat off when rooms are unoccupied.
5. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans
In the fall, set the fan to direct the warm air downward towards the living space.
6. Check your smoke and CO detectors
Replace the batteries annually.
7. Check that air ducts are not blocked by rugs or furniture.
Keep all air registers open to help your heating system work efficiently.
8. Seal air leaks around windows and doors
Add additional attic insulation if needed.
9. Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning.
An open chimney can allow a lot of heat to escape from your home.
10. Add an insulation blanket to your water heater tank
To retain heat and conserve hot water wrap your water heater in blanket designed to retain heat.