How To Reduce Furnace Energy Usage

In the winter, your furnace can be the main source of energy usage within your home, which can be costly in both the short and long runs. However, simply not turning your furnace on is not an option, especially in areas with particularly severe winters. Thankfully, there are a number of fairly simple things that you can do in order to reduce your furnace's energy consumption and your energy bills as a direct result.

Replace Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping around your doors and windows can become worn down over, allowing cold air to seep into your home and reduce the overall temperature. This forces your furnace to work longer and harder to keep your home comfortable. Weatherstripping can be found at most hardware stores, and is fairly simple to replace: use a utility knife to remove the old worn strips, and use the adhesive included with the new weatherstripping to install the strips where the old ones were located.

Seal around Pipes

Pipes and cables located underneath your sink or throughout your home have a small gap around them in which hot air can exit your home, as well as offering an entry point for pests. To improve the insulation of your home and reduce heat loss, purchase a can of expanding foam, which can be found at most hardware stores, and fill in the gaps around the pipes to ensure a complete seal.

Seal Windows and Doors

You can purchase a plastic film to seal up windows and doors that you won't open or need to use during the winter to prevent further heat loss. These films are extremely easy to install, usually requiring a hair dryer to heat up the edges to ensure that they adhere to the edges of the door or window they are installed over. They will provide increased insulation to your home and reduce your energy bills.

Install a Chimney Balloon

If you aren't using your fireplace in the winter, you may want to install a chimney balloon, sometimes also referred to as a chimney plug. The flue on a chimney does not always create the best seal, and will let some heat from inside your home escape. The inflatable chimney balloon will create a complete air seal within your chimney. Don't worry – if you accidentally have a fire, the balloon will melt and deflate before smoke and other fumes can fill up your house. Additionally, chimney balloons can be reused for several years before they have to be replaced.

To learn more, contact a company like Norris Mechanical