Lockwood Furnace Company Energy Savings Tips for Homeowners
- Choose a furnace that has controls that are sensitive enough to respond when you just want to take a little bit of the chill out of the air. This will save on energy bills.
- Invest in high efficiency air conditioners and furnaces to save on fuel costs.
- Make sure you get the right-sized air conditioner. The larger the air conditioner the higher the energy bill, plus if it’s too large for what you need, it will short-cycle, leaving the air damp and sticky and mold may begin to build up in the duct work.
- Decrease your energy costs with a whole house humidifier (you’ll feel warmer at lower temperatures).
- Choose a programmable thermostat that adjusts the temperature up to four times a day when you’re at work or sleeping.
- Keep the filters in your furnace clean.
- Schedule annual tune-ups. A furnace that’s not properly adjusted can use up to 15% of its energy.
Spring and Summer Tips
- Windows facing the sun should be covered with curtains and shades.
- Remove any obstructions from outside unit as well as trim back bushes or hedges.
- Weather-strip and caulk doors and windows.
- Add insulation to attics, garages and crawl spaces.
- Thermostat should be set to the highest comfort level.
- In hot weather, avoid using your oven or try to bake in the early morning or late at night. These hours are also the best times to use your dryer!
- Make sure your central air conditioner has the proper level of refrigerant.
- Have your unit professionally cleaned and checked.
Fall and Winter Tips
- Lower house temperatures to 65 to 70 degrees while you are home, lower when you’re sleeping.
- If you plan on going on vacation, bring the system down to 40 to 55 degrees, but DON’T shut the system completely down as it will freeze the pipes.
- Insulate pipes or ductwork that are passing through crawl spaces or attics.
- Open the shades or curtains and let the sun shine through!
- Block all drafts.