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Lockwood Furnace Company Energy Savings Tips for Homeowners

General Information

  • 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.