How To Keep Your Heat Running Efficiently This Winter
The leaves are falling and temperatures are dropping, which means winter is right around the corner!
We have a few friendly heating reminders for tenants who ARE responsible for taking care of and turning on their own heat per their lease agreement:
-Don’t store anything near the furnace or lean anything up against it
-Call your utility company immediately if you smell gas
-Change your furnace filter!
Changing your furnace filter is something that often gets overlooked, but is important to stay on top of. It can not only save you money in the long run, but will keep your heat running efficiently.
1. Clean Systems Last Longer
Dirt, dust and other particles are going to make their way into your home everyday and over time this accumulates in your furnace filter. Because your furnace has to work harder due to the decreased airflow, over time the life of your furnace will be reduced.
2. Reduced Energy Costs
Since your furnace will have to work harder, means that it is using more energy to operate. According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for just under half of the average home's utility bills. Replacing your air filter regularly means that the fan motor doesn't have to work nearly as hard and you won't be wasting money on unnecessary energy costs.
3. Better Air Quality
People with respiratory conditions will notice worsened symptoms when living in a home with poor indoor air quality. It is not uncommon to develop eye irritation, sneezing, coughing, or headaches. The filter's purpose in your furnace is to reduce the amount of dust and other allergens that can be circulated throughout your home. By changing these filters regularly will prevent dust, dirt, mold spores, soot, bacteria, and allergens from building up in the air inside your home.
It is important for tenants to abide by their lease agreements. If you have any questions about what your responsibilities are or need help with any furnace related issues, please reference your lease agreement available on your online portal or submit a work order.