Over 60% of your annual energy costs go to heating your home, so it's worth heating it as efficiently as possible.
In this guide, you'll find helpful tips, resources and checklists to keep your home comfortable and energy costs down.
Source: Save on Energy
Think about upgrading if:
Your home's air is too dry or dusty
Your system is more than 10 years old
It's unusually noisy
You need major parts replaced
Rooms served by the furnace are chilly
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During the heating season, help heat your home naturally by opening blinds during the day and closing them at night.
Book a check-up
Schedule servicing every fall to keep your heating system running safely and efficiently.
Inspect your detectors
All systems that burn fuel give off gases, so put a fresh battery in your carbon monoxide detector.
Clear the clutter
Keep the area around your furnace clear and keep flammable items well away.
Change or clean furnace filters
Do this to improve air quality and airflow. Refer to your ownerâ€™s manual to see how often you should do this.
Wrap your tank
Add an electric water heater blanket to insulate â€“ reduce energy loss by up to 40%.
Set to save
Set your thermostat to 21Â°C when you're at home. Lower it when you're sleeping (18Â°C) or away from home (16Â°C).
Blow hot air
Set your ceiling fan to spin clockwise to circulate the hot air downwards.
Seal the leaks
Caulk, seal or weatherstrip drafts around doors and windows to reduce heating costs up to 30%.
The deal with ducts
About 20% of your airflow is lost to leaky or disconnected ducts. Seal holes and cracks with mastic sealant or foil tape (avoid "duct" tape as it doesn't last long).
Keep humidity levels at 30% to 40% to keep your home feeling warmer and more comfortable.
While high-efficiency units tend to have a higher purchase price, lower operating costs mean you'll spend less over time.
The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating, found on the official Canadian EnerGuide label, is a measure of how efficient your furnace is. The higher the rating, the more efficient the model.
With rebates that help offset the upfront cost, now's the time to think about upgrading.
When you install a high-efficiency furnace.
When you install a high-efficiency central air conditioner.