Simple ways to make your heating system run more efficiently

Pay attention to the thermostat – Keeping the temperature a few degrees cooler can lower your heating bill and you can still be comfortable. We recommend setting your thermostat to 68° to save energy and money.

Use a programmable or smart thermostat to set the temperature back automatically at night and while you're away from home during the day.

Replace filters – Check forced-air furnace filters regularly, and clean or replace them as often as once each month during the heating season. Shake reusable filters outside or spray them with a garden hose. Be sure they're dry before replacing them.

Use window coverings to help insulate – Drapes can add an extra layer of insulation to windows. Blinds also can insulate, but they aren't as effective. Keep your drapes closed at night and on sunny days, open the drapes and blinds to let in the sun's free heat, especially on the south side.

Keep vents clear – Don't block registers, baseboards, radiators or cold air returns. Air must circulate through and around them for maximum efficiency.

Seal and insulate your ducts – Seal heating ducts and insulate ducts that run through unheated spaces. You may be eligible to receive a cash incentive.

Ductless heat pump in living room

Consider a heat pump – If you have electric heat, consider installing a heat pump or ductless heat pump to increase energy efficiency. Heat pumps keep you warm in the winter and cool in summer. Look for the Energy Guide label that contains the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) energy ratings. Look for 9 HSPF and 16 SEER or higher. You may be eligible to receive a cash incentive.

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