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Five ways to cut heating costs

Pay attention to furnace filter, duct insulation
Published on Jan 7, 2009

If you're thinking it's time to do something about your cold house and your high heating bills, here are five win-win suggestions that will help you do both. 1. REPLACE YOUR FURNACE FILTER A clogged filter makes your furnace work harder to deliver the same amount of heat, which wastes energy by keeping the furnace on for a longer period in order to bring the house up to the requested temperature. If you have a central heating system (used for heat only), replace the filter once a year, at the start of the heating season. If you have a heat pump or a furnace with central air conditioning, replace it twice a year, at the start of the heating season and at the start of the cooling season. While replacing the filter, always use a shop vacuum to clean up as much dust and debris within the filter cavity as you can reach. 2. INSTALL A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT Programmable thermostats work a whole lot better than your memory. They give you the ability to have a lot more control ...

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