Energy Efficiency How-To
courtesy of Lennox Industries
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Turn Your Home into an Energy Star
- Seal cracks around windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping.
- Keep blinds open during the day to allow sunlight to enter and heat the home.
- Install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature at certain times of the day, automatically keeping the temperature lower when you're away or sleeping at night.
- To ensure a natural gas furnace is running at full efficiency, check the filter once a month to see if it needs to be cleaned or replaced. Also, check to make sure the home's heating vents are open and not blocked by furniture or curtains.
- Consider replacing an older furnace with a newer, more efficient model.
- Insulate the water heater with a water heater jacket that can be purchased at most hardware stores, and lower the temperature setting on the water heater to save energy.
- Add extra insulation to the attic.
- Make sure roof shingles are intact and flashings around chimneys, skylights, antennas and vents are sealed.
Lennox Industries' heating, cooling, indoor air quality and fireplace products are designed to deliver customized comfort, efficiency and functionality, with the most innovative and reliable features available. Lennox also offers the Lennox Healthy Advantage Program, a simple and cost-effective indoor air quality testing service that includes an independent air-quality evaluation and professional consultation. For more information about Lennox and its customized home comfort systems, please visit lennox.com.
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