Keeping Warm

The temperature outside is dropping, but to make sure your home stays warm and toasty there are a few things you can do before flipping on the furnace.

“The first thing you want to do is to have your furnace professionally cleaned and tuned, that’s going to make sure it’s running at its maximum efficiency and also that it is safe throughout the winter,” said President of Energy Services, Kevin Dickson.

If you’re more of a d-i-y type, things like wrapping your windows and sealing off drafty doors are common this time of year; but there’s another spot where you could be losing heat.

“You’re going to want to make sure you’re not running your exhaust fan in your kitchen or bathroom for too long because that sucks up the heat which in turn makes your furnace need to run longer to heat the house up,” said Dickson.

Changing your filter is another thing you can do yourself to ensure your house is heated quickly.

But there’s some things best left to the pros.

“Pretty much most things with your furnace you’re going to want a professional – it’s a combustion appliance and there are safety concerns you don’t want to do too much tinkering on it. So pretty much anything aside from changing the filter you’re going to want a professional looking at it,” said Dickson.

Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale reports.

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