How to Take Advantage of Your Furnace’s Efficiency04/05/2016 Despite the fact it’s spring, we could still see more cold days. It’s still a good time to take a closer look at your furnace efficiency. We have a few easy ideas for you to fully reap the benefits of your furnace’s efficiency. Change Your Furnace Filter You’ve heard this repeatedly, but exchanging your furnace’s filter is critical. Even ENERGY STAR® recommends changing it monthly. You may need to change it more or less frequently, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations. Air can flow better through your residence when you have a clean filter. You will notice improved air quality and enhanced furnace efficiency as well. Accumulation of dust and debris inside your system will force it to work harder. Make Sure Your Ducts Are Sealed Properly If the ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, it’ll be harder for your system to efficiently circulate air throughout your home. And even though your furnace will be working harder, you still may not be as comfortable as you expect to be. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, contact our professionals at WM J Kraus & Son. We’re happy to help. Install a Programmable Thermostat To reduce your heating costs, do some research on a programmable thermostat. Why spend money cooling your home when you aren’t home? You can find a large option of different programmable thermostats and should have no challenges finding one that meets your lifestyle needs. Schedule Your Annual Tune-Up It’s easy to ignore the benefits of an annual tune-up when your furnace is working as planned. Yearly tune-ups keep your furnace as efficient as possible and can help increase its lifespan. Zoned Heating If you wish to have individual control over the temperature of every room in your home, a zoned heating and cooling system can help achieve that with multiple programmable thermostats. This can help improve your furnace efficiency and save on heating bills. Half of the energy used in your residence is due to your heating and cooling, so efficiency is critical. At WM J Kraus & Son, we can help make sure your heating and cooling system is operating at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace service or if you have any questions about your home comfort system. You can reach us at 319-524-3714, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.