Lake Zurich winters often last from October through May. Energy efficiency is essential if you want affordable home heating. Here are four ways to keep energy costs low:

1. Install a Programmable Thermostat For Automatic Energy Efficiency

A programmable thermostat can automatically turn back the heat while everyone is at work, at school or in bed. According to Energy Saver at, you can save 10 percent or more on annual energy costs when you turn down the heat by 7°-10°F for eight hours a day.

2. Schedule Heating Maintenance Every Fall

Maintenance saves you money by helping your heater to perform optimally. Tuneups can prevent most breakdowns and heating repairs because your service technician will alert you to potential problems. The unit will get a thorough cleaning that increases energy efficiency and reduces unnecessary wear and tear.

3. Upgrade Your Furnace

Replacing an ailing system can save you money and headaches. Consider heating replacement if any of the following are true:

  • You never feel warm enough.
  • The unit is noisy.
  • Your furnace is an energy vampire.
  • The system is 15-20 years old.
  • It hasn’t received regular tuneups.
  • It needs frequent repairs.

Many new heaters come with dealer specials, manufacturer‘s rebates and utility company incentives. Newer furnaces have higher efficiencies than older models, so you’ll save on utility bills every month.

4. Check the Filter Monthly

A dirty filter makes your system overwork and drives up energy bills. It can also damage your heater beyond repair. Change the filter when you can’t see filter material through the dirt.

To learn more about energy efficient heating in your Lake Zurich home, visit Martin Enterprises Heating and Air Conditioning or call (847) 719-8442 to schedule a no-cost heating replacement consultation.

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