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About half of all energy consumed by the average household comes from heating and cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. With the need to heat your home for several months out of the year in the Pittsburgh area, finding ways to increase efficiency can help to cut down on energy costs while improving heating performance and home comfort.

1. Maintain your System

One of the simplest ways to achieve more efficient home heating is through regular furnace maintenance, including an annual inspection. One aspect of furnace maintenance involves cleaning the system to get rid of dirt and debris buildup. A dirty system will have to work harder and use more energy to do so. Maintenance also includes replacing your furnace’s air filter once every couple of months or as it becomes filled with debris so that airflow isn’t restricted.

2. Lower the Temperature

Lowering the temperature on your thermostat can also increase heating efficiency. Programmable thermostats can help you to do this automatically by adjusting the temperature based on when you are home and when you are away for set periods of time. Dropping the temperature by several degrees for an 8-hour period each day, for example, can add up to notable energy savings over the course of a year.

3. Switch to a High Efficiency System

If you’re in the market for a new furnace, high efficiency systems are a great option. With higher Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency ratings, energy efficient furnaces perform better and last longer than older models. If your furnace is ten years old or more, it is likely operating inefficiently.

4. Seal Air Leaks

A typical home is estimated to lose a significant percentage of conditioned air due to leaks. Look for leaks around ducts, outlets, baseboards, vents, pipes, cable and phone lines, recessed lights, and on the exterior of your home. Air leaks around windows and doors can be sealed with caulking or weatherstripping. Sealing air leaks can improve heating efficiency while making your home more comfortable and the air healthier. Eliminating drafts also contributes to more even heating throughout your home.

Professional Gillece HVAC Technicians are here to help you heat your home more efficiently, whether that means inspecting your furnace, installing a programmable thermostat, upgrading your system, or sealing air leaks. For all of your heating maintenance, repair and emergency needs, call Gillece Heating- available 24/7, 365.