Cold weather slams the Minneapolis - St. Paul area every winter and that means our furnaces are cranking. Unfortunately, when our heating equipment is working ‘round the clock, it means our energy bills are also on the rise and let’s face it, it can cost a small fortune. Today, we’re here to relay some cost-saving tips for heating your home this winter in hopes that you’ll be able to save a few bucks:
Safety is always a big deal, especially when it comes to equipment that produces heat. Every year, thousands of people are rushed to the hospital from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
You should have several carbon monoxide detectors located throughout your house, but more importantly, you need to remember to change the batteries and/or test the device every year.
Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of lots of heating systems and it can cause some severe problems if you’re not proactive.
As a homeowner, you should be scheduling a furnace tune-up every single year. This is going to do the following three things:
Ensure Your System Is Mechanically Reliable: so you know you can depend on it to keep working for the entirety of the year.
Make Sure It’s Running At Optimal Efficiency: otherwise it could be costing you more money to keep your home warm and cozy.
Test It For Safety: part of a safety inspection makes sure the heat exchanger is free of cracks and leaks. This is where the carbon monoxide is house and if it’s not venting properly, you and your family could be at risk.
This is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to save money on heating costs each year. A programmable thermostat will allow you to set the temperature in the house a few degrees lower while you’re away from the house or while you sleep - and remember, every degree counts!
Remember to change or clean your filter at least once a month. A dirty filter causes your furnace to work harder, it burns more electricity and could potentially cause your system to fail prematurely. The bottom line? It really pays to stay on top of filter maintenance.With more than a century of industry experience, we are proud to offer outstanding furnace tune-ups in Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area. We stand behind our work with customer satisfaction guarantees and written warranties for your peace of mind. Plus, our technicians will always keep their workspaces clean. Call Hero Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today at (612) 324-1004.