furnace

New homeowners don’t always know all the little ways to help a home’s heating and cooling system perform efficiently and last longer. It’s really not that difficult, and we’ve put together a small list of things any homeowner in Toronto and the GTA can do to help get more from their furnace this winter.   

7 Non-Technical Ways To Help Your Furnace

Ceiling fans

One of the simplest furnace tips of all would be to make use of your ceiling fan – if you have one. If you don’t, you might want to consider it since they help with circulating the air in your home. This has been a cost-effective way of controlling a home’s temperature for quite some time now.

Keep vents/filters clear

Moving right along, let’s jump into a furnace tip that most people don’t think about – airflow. Keeping vents clear and open is a great way to ensure your furnace doesn’t work too hard to heat your home in the winter. And don’t forget that a clean air filter can work wonders too, as furnaces pull air from your home in order to heat it. No air, and your furnace will be working overtime trying to compensate – which is bad news.

Programmable thermostat

Most homes tend to have this furnace tip in place already. If you don’t, you should put this on the list of things to upgrade. Smart thermostats don’t have to be expensive either, as a basic one can still be programmed to adjust the level of heat in your home when you’re at work or out for the day. This not only helps your furnace, it saves you more each month on energy bills.  

Annual Furnace maintenance

Having a qualified professional take a look at your furnace once every year or two is always a good investment. They can usually identify or even deter problems and help your furnace last longer. Yes, some people feel comfortable performing their own maintenance, but we never recommend that without previous training or experience. The last thing you’d want to do is void the warranty or even put yourself in danger to save a few bucks.

Check for air leaks

Drafty windows and doors are a sure way to put pressure on your furnace. Installing weatherstripping around any minor drafts is a great furnace tip to help keep warm air from your home from escaping.

Bake/cook more at home

Ever notice that most people don’t like to cook in the summer? Using the stove or oven can raise the heat indoors, which is a great furnace tip in the winter. Don’t be afraid to cook or bake a bit more often to help warm your home – your furnace will thank you.

Curtains

Keeping curtains closed at night is a great way to help prevent heat from escaping. During the day, keep them open to let light in if you have a lot of natural light of course.

For Furnace Maintenance, Call Novel Care

As noted above, furnace tips are a great way to help get the most from your heating system without overworking it. That’s why we recommend calling 416-921-0000 for furnace maintenance every year or two to ensure everything is running smooth. After all, we’ve been serving Toronto and the GTA for more than 30 years, so rest assured your furnace is in good hands. Give us a call to get started, and don’t forget we’re available 24/7 in the event of an emergency. At Novel Care, we put our customers first, every time.