If you’re like most homeowners, getting a new high efficiency furnace will motivate you to find ways to save even more money than you’ll get with immediately decreased fuel bills. Although the furnace is one of the bigger energy consumers, having up-to-date equipment that is properly maintained can save you up to 20 per cent on your heating costs annually. Here are a few helpful tips that will further help your furnace run more effectively, saving you money while also helping your unit last longer. Boosting furnace efficiency is the name of the game and changing the filter is one of the most inexpensive ways to do that. Most people change their filters at least once a month but depending on the MERV rating, there are models on the market that will function well longer. If you want superior protection from airborne contaminants like dust and even animal dander, you’ll be well advised to spend a little more on the quality of the product you purchase. While most people understand that keeping blinds drawn and drapes closed in the summer helps to reduce costs by keeping cooler air in, they are also pleasantly surprised to find that the same principle works in the winter. At night, close the drapes and blinds so that drafts and cold air stay out. During the day when the sun is shining, open those same drapes and blinds so the warmer light gets through and your furnace gets some additional help heating your living spaces. Check the insulation and caulking around doors and windows. Sometimes the insulation in an attic can be well past its usefulness and replacing it will soon pay off in lower energy bills. Re-caulking around doors and windows or using weather stripping from the local home improvement store can make a significant change to the heat lost through leaks in these areas. Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning is a family owned and operated business servicing Guelph and the surrounding areas. You can see their fine selection of Lennox equipment at www.oosterveldheating.com or call them at 519-837-2351 for more information.