No one likes to freeze all winter long – and it’s not good for your home, as it puts it at risk for frozen and burst plumbing – but you might feel wary about running your furnace so much because it of the impact on the environment. While you can’t save the environment by yourself, you can conserve where you can and do your part to help. Luckily, there are ways to stay warm without making a huge impact on the environment this winter.
Keep Your Furnace Maintained
Contact a Wheatridge furnace repair specialist for a check of your current furnace system. Oftentimes a once-a-year cleaning will make the furnace run more efficiently, which means your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard to produce as much eat. Worn-down parts can also cause the furnace to work harder than it ought to. The less gas and electricity it uses, the less of an impact it makes on the environment.
Buy a Better Furnace
If your furnace is more than ten years old, consider replacing it entirely, even if it’s still functioning. Newer models are more energy efficient and less wasteful, so you can set your thermostat to the same temperature and still use less power to heat your home. A hybrid heating system may also be the answer to your problems. It works to alternate between the gas and the heat pump for minimal cost and minimal environmental impact throughout the day.
Better Insulate Your Home
Homes that are better insulated retain heat better, so the furnaces don’t have to run as long to keep your home at the right temperature. Replacing old wall and attic insulation is the best place to start, but if you’re reluctant to start tearing out your walls, you can improve your home’s insulation by sealing up cracks in the home’s exterior (especially around windows) and placing removable film on your windows during the coldest months of the year. Use draft guards beneath any doors that lead to the outside, too.
Schedule a consultation today for a free quote on upgrading or cleaning out your furnace. Ask about limited time specials and heating your home in a more environmentally-friendly way will prove a big money-saver this winter, too. Turning down the thermostat just a few degrees and wearing more layers around the house can also lessen the negative impact your furnace makes on the environment, but with better efficiency, you shouldn’t have to suffer to do the right thing.