Tips to Help Your Furnace Operate More Efficiently
An efficient furnace will knock down your heating costs throughout the winter while keeping your home more comfortable all season long. Instead of cranking the heat to account for your home’s inadequacies, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your furnace this winter.
Get an annual checkup/maintenance.
After a period of downtime, make sure that your furnace is ready to go by scheduling a checkup. Preventative furnace maintenance is key to extending the lifespan of your furnace and is also the time to address early warning signs and small inefficiencies. Collections of dust, clogged filters, and ungreased components can all hinder the furnace from working properly. Consider investing in a checkup for efficiency and peace of mind during winter.
Change the filters regularly.
The air filter needs to be changed at least twice a year, and maybe more if your home is prone to dust buildup. If you do not schedule an annual checkup, remember to change the filters as recommended to keep the system running smoothly.
Adjust the thermostat accordingly.
A large part of efficiency is about controlling when the furnace kicks on and off. You probably don’t need the same level of heat pumping into your home during the day as you do at night. Program your thermostat or remember to adjust it accordingly to save energy and make the system run more efficiently.
Get an energy audit.
Your local power company may offer energy audits, which is particularly helpful for older homes. You could be losing a significant amount of heat through windows, inadequate insulation, and in unsealed cracks around the home. Take the information the audit yields, and start making some changes to the main heat transfer areas in your home. Your furnace won’t have to work as hard when it gets cold if your home is better at retaining heat.
Adjust the ceiling fans.
Hot air rises, so you may not be seeing the full benefit of your furnace, especially if you have tall ceilings. If you flip a switch on the ceiling fan, you can recirculate the warm air near the top of the room, keeping the temperature even. You may notice that this one small change affects how much warmth you feel in a room.
Know when to replace vs. repair.
In some cases, it may be more beneficial to replace your existing furnace than to repair and try to get by with an old one. If your furnace is constantly running and not providing an adequate amount of heat, it may be time to invest in a new, more efficient furnace system.
Small changes can do a lot to help your furnace perform more efficiently, making the burden of energy costs less intense during the winter season.
If you’re interested in a checkup or learning more about replacing your current furnace with a more efficient one, the professionals at Patriot Air Comfort Systems are here to help you make the most cost-effective, energy saving decisions for your home.