How to Take Advantage of Your Furnace’s Efficiency04/05/2016Spring has showed up on the calendar, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have unexpected cold days. It’s never the wrong time of year to take a closer look at your furnace efficiency. There are some basic things that can be done to fully reap the bonuses of your furnace’s efficiency and boost the life of your system. Swap Your Furnace Filter Changing your furnace filter seems to always pop up on these lists because it’s so essential. Energy Star suggests changing your filter every month. The frequency in which you change your filter will depend on your filter type and your system. Some filters last much longer. Check your filters every month and get a sense of how often your filters need changing. A clean filter will keep air flowing freely in your home which will not only increase your air quality, but also helps your system operate more efficiently. Dust and build-up in your system can cause your system to work harder and could lead to a shorter lifetime for your system. Be Sure Your Ducts Are Sealed Properly Ducts distribute air throughout your home and if they have any leaks, holes or poor connections, you could have a lot of energy being wasted. Not only that, but they could be making your home less comfortable. If you are not positive that your ducts are sealed well, we can help. Utilize a Programmable Thermostat A programmable thermostat can decrease your heating costs as well as your cooling costs. Heating and cooling your home while you’re away is wasteful, so why pay to keep your home comfortable when you’re gone? There are a handful of different models of programmable thermostats select from, so pick the one that best meets your lifestyle needs. Arrange Your Annual Tune-Up When your furnace isn’t having any problems it’s easy to forget that it benefits from an annual tune-up and maintenance check. Annual furnace tune-ups keep your furnace operating efficiently and might extend the lifecycle of your system. Zoned Heating and Cooling A zoned heating and cooling system offers you individual control over different zones of your home using multiple programmable thermostats. This will not only keep you more comfortable, but also save you throughout the year. Heating and cooling accounts for half of the energy used in your home. Together we can work to make sure your heating and cooling system is working at it’s highest efficiency. If you haven’t set up your furnace service for the year or have any questions about your home comfort system, arrange an appointment with us online or give us a call at 708-301-0170.