Home Heating Tips To Get Best Gas Furnace Efficiency This
With winter approaching you probably know you will be inclined to turn up the gas space heaters for home a
few notches higher than before. If you are worried about the increased amount of heating energy your heating
equipment and appliances are going to cost you, there is something you can do now. Don't start changing all
your home gas heaters to energy saving heaters but learn how to
save money on gas. In other words, learn some easy home energy saving tips to lowever the cost of your gas utility
bill during winter.
As temperatures cool and winter approaches, it’s important to ensure that your home-heating appliances are
properly maintained so that you and your family aren’t vulnerable to any health and safety hazards—and that
your gas bill isn't inordinately high.
That’s the advice of the Southern California Gas Company, which recently offered home-heating safety tips to
members of the media at a home in Eagle Rock.
An energy technician from the utility demonstrated a set of safety tips and procedures that enhance the
efficiency of home-heating gas appliances. Among them:
• Natural gas furnaces should be kept free of dirt, lint and obstructions, especially around the burner
compartment, by cleaning them at least twice a year—ideally before winter and then again before summer.
SoCalGas company technicians are happy to do this free of cost if you make an appointment—click here to do so
online. (You may need to call a licensed heating contractor if your furnace is too dirty.)
• If you open the front panel of a furnace for any reason, such as
while installing a new or cleaned furnace filter, make sure that the panel door is snug and tightly
secured when you screw it back. Failure to do so could result in carbon-monoxide build-up.
• Ensure that the flame in your furnace or “forced-air unit” wall furnace has a blue rather than yellow
color—and that the flame is not large and unsteady, nor impinged by any object. Yellow flames produce soot,
which potentially plugs up the ventilation system, causing waste particles to be dispersed inside the house.
• Using gas heaters that don't have a vent is dangerous, not to mention a violation of the California Health
and Safety Code.
• Check air filters in furnaces at least once a month to ensure that they aren’t too dirty. (See the attached
video for the difference between a clean and dirty filter.) Most forced-air units have a filter that cleans the
air before it is heated and circulated. Check these filters monthly during the heating season and clean or
replace them when necessary.
• Set the temperature on the thermostat of house-heating furnaces at 68 degrees, which is the optimum
temperature for both maintaining heat in the house as well as saving energy. (Using a programmable thermostat,
which allows the furnace to fire up at a given time of the day at a certain temperature, is a good idea.)
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"As temperatures cool and winter approaches, it's important to ensure that your home-heating appliances are
properly maintained so that you and your family aren't vulnerable to any health and safety hazards—and that
your gas bill isn't inordinately high."
As you can see from some of these home energy saving tips, they are easy to do provided you spend some time and
effort to learn and apply them. You will soon understand that many of them are really common sense and worth the
effort to do them when using any natural gas heaters for home. Well actually once you know these great tips, you
naturally follow these practices whenever you used any gas space heaters for the home even if its not winter.