Energy Saving Tips to Extend the Life of Your Furnace

In December 2013, Albertans exceeded previously set levels by using 11,139 megawatts of electricity in the midst of a cold weather snap.

“I think we always use these opportunities as a chance to remind Albertans to do their part and conserve whenever possible,” said Dawn Delaney of the Alberta Electric System Operator.

As we begin to feel winter’s grip yet again, Just in Time Furnace offers these energy saving tips that will also add years to your Calgary furnace while increasing efficiency.

When buying new appliances, the EnerGuide label will tell you how much energy they consume. The lower the EnerGuide number, the less energy the appliance uses. Appliances with the ENERGYSTAR® label are the most energy efficient.

As an example, Just in Time Furnace offers the Napoleon’s Ultimate 9700 Series that features a two-stage gas valve and a variable speed, energy efficient ECM blower motor as well as an ENERGYSTAR® 97 percent Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating.

Making some small investments in your home can also equal big energy savings. Using a programmable thermostat helps keep your heating and cooling system on a schedule so that your furnace is not struggling to raise the temperature in your home in the winter and that your air conditioner is not running all day when you’re at work. A ceiling fan will help relieve summer heat and uses a fraction of the energy of an air conditioner.

Just in Time Furnace offers the Programmable Wireless FocusPRO Comfort System that can be placed anywhere in your home and adjusted wirelessly from anywhere you happen to be. Energy savings are generated from precision comfort control and 5-1-1 programming that allows you to program separately for weekdays and weekends.

Programming your thermostat between 21C and 23C in the winter is the most efficient and, according to Direct Energy, you can save up to four per cent on your heating bill in the winter by adjusting your thermostat to the lower temperature at night and during the day when you’re at work.

Keeping your furnace and furnace filter clean helps your furnace run more efficiently. The area around your furnace should also be kept clear and air return vents and floor registers should not be blocked. A thorough furnace cleaning should be done once a year, usually before turning the heat on in the winter, and filters should be cleaned (if you have a reusable one) or replaced every three months.

“By making sure you regularly change or clean them, you can save approximately $50 each year on your energy bill,” said Dave Walton, director of home ideas at Direct Energy.

At Just in Time Furnace in Calgary, we live through the same difficult and cold winters as our customers, and we know how important it is to keep a home and family warm. With that, we’ve committed ourselves to providing only the best service for furnace maintenance and furnace replacement in Calgary.

Scheduling an appointment or requesting a complementary quote is easy. Simply call 403-333-6666 or email us at You can also fill out our e-form. We are also on call 24/7 to provide you with emergency services, so give us a call today.

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