Don't Hot-Box Your Furnace! Here Are 4 Fantastic Ways To Reduce Wear And Tear

As of 2012 Americans were spending an average of $2,000 on energy bills, and those rates have undoubtedly risen since. So it's no wonder that your furnace is put through the wringer once winter comes around. Luckily, there are some things you can do to minimize the wear and tear on your furnace, and therefore save yourself some money on your electricity bills. Try one or more of these options:

Bulk up Bare Flooring

Keeping yourself warm inside your home will help to keep your thermostat down throughout the winter months, which makes your furnace work less throughout each day. This doesn't mean that you have to bulk yourself up in sweatpants and sweaters though. Bulking up your bare flooring will help to do the trick, because it it's responsible for up to 10 percent of your home's heat loss. Try one or more of these options:

  • Place area rugs in spaces with high foot traffic.
  • Implement fluffy mats underneath the dining room chairs.
  • Keep thick rugs in front of the couches.
  • Use thin hallway runners made of material in hallways.

Keep a small shoe stand in a common area that can hold the family's house slippers so everyone can conveniently cover their feet while spending time indoors. 

Rearrange the Furniture

Rearranging your furniture is a great way to keep yourself warmer in the winter so you don't have to turn that thermometer up. The most important factor is to keep your chairs and couches away from the windows. Here are a couple of other ideas to consider:

  • Place tall bookshelves near windows to help detract cool air from entering the room.
  • Put metal furniture in rooms that are typically occupied during daytime hours when it's warmer outside.

Speaking of furniture, you'll find that adding pillows to wooden chairs and putting a throw blanket over the back will keep the chill away from those sitting in them.

Keep Cold Air from Roaming In

One of the most effective ways to reduce the wear and tear on your furnace is to simply keep cold air from coming inside where possible. You can seal up many leaks by insulating your doors and windows. This can be done by applying spray foam insulation or caulking to the frames around each door and window in your home. You can further insulate your home using these methods:

  • Put door snakes along the bottom of each door that leads to the exterior when they aren't in use.
  • Install insulation film on each window to keep moisture out and to improve safety.
  • Use honeycomb cellular shades to increase insulation and to maximize natural light filtering.

Don't forget about insulating your skylights and bathroom windows, even if they're just a few inches big.

Keep Your Heating System Cool

When your heating system goes to work, it can get pretty hot under the pressure. Of course, your furnace is designed to work under pressure but if you can keep it cool while it does its job, you'll find that it works longer and harder for you in the long run. There are a few ways to keep your furnace cool including:

  • Plant a tree outside the space that houses your furnace to provide shade from the sun.
  • Run a small fan near the furnace when you're spending all day at home.

You can also turn the furnace off for a few minutes when your home is feeling particularly warm so it can cool down.

Implementing even just one of these tips and tricks will help to keep you toasty this winter and beyond, and even save you a little money on those electricity bills you get each month. Switching to a newer, more efficient furnace may also help you save on your heating bills. Try vsiting a furnace company online at to view your options.