Furnace Maintenance: 5 Energy Saving Tips
Furnace Maintenance: Maximize Your Furnace Efficiency with These Energy Saving Tips
Most home appliances are neglected until they break down. Your furnace is one of those appliances that is forgotten about until it does not function properly. Many times maintenance can reduce or even eliminate the need for expensive repairs since they are caught before a breakdown occurs.
Your furnace has one of the longest lifespans of all of your home’s appliances, but that is no reason to neglect proper maintenance. So the question that our technicians get when meeting with clients who are facing a failed furnace and heating system is, what can I do to make my furnace last longer. Here are tips to extend your furnace’s lifespan.
Keep Your Furnace Clean: Remove debris or dirt that builds up around your furnace. Most modern furnaces are inside the home. Keep any insulation, stored items, or attic debris from accumulating in or around your furnace.
Regularly Change Your Air Filter: Most filters should be changed every 60-90 days to promote efficient airflow. Regularly filter changes prolong the life of your furnace and improve indoor air quality.
Schedule Furnace Maintenance: Regularly maintained furnaces will last longer. It is a great idea to have your furnace maintained in the early fall to prepare your system for the upcoming winter months.
Listen for Irregular Noise: Furnace vibration or unusual noises are an early sign of potential problems. If you hear anything unusual, contact your repair technician immediately.
How can I improve the efficiency of my furnace?
You would never go ten or twenty thousand miles before you get the oil changed in your car. The same practice should be in place for your furnace. Keeping your furnace in proper shape is a must if you want to stay comfortable during the winter. Proper maintenance of your furnace will lead to efficient energy consumption and reduce utility bills.
Annual furnace maintenance is the best way to improve efficiency and extend its life. Programmable thermostats and smart thermostats can also improve the efficiency of your furnace by optimizing how your furnace is used by your family.
According to Energy Star, up to 20% of the heated air in your home can escape by damaged or improperly sealed ductwork. Keeping your ductwork properly maintained will also improve the efficiency of your home’s furnace.
A ceiling fan can assist in efficiently dispersing the heated air throughout your home. Although it may seem odd to say use a cooling fan to help heat your home, a ceiling fan is an efficient way to even out your home’s heated air.
Maximize Your Furnace Efficiency with Furnace Maintenance
Doctor Cool and Professor Heat are independent American Standard dealers with over four decades of HVAC and heater maintenance and furnace repair installation and repair experience.