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 simple things that can be done to fully reap the benefits of your furnace’s efficiency and increase the life of your system. Swap Your Furnace Filter Switching your furnace filter seems to always appear on these lists because it’s so important. 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. Look at your filters every month and get a sense of how often your filters need switched out. A clean filter will keep air flowing freely in your home which will not only boost your air quality, but also helps your system work 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. Make Sure Your Ducts Are Sealed Properly Ducts distribute air throughout your home and if they have any leaks, holes or poor connections, you can have a lot of energy being wasted. Not only that, but they may be making your home less comfortable. If you are unsure 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 away? There are several different models of programmable thermostats choose from, so pick the one that best adapts to your lifestyle needs. Arrange Your Annual Tune-Up When your furnace isn’t having any troubles it’s easy to forget that it can run even more smoothly with an annual tune-up and maintenance check. Annual furnace tune-ups keep your furnace working efficiently and may extend the lifespan of your system. Zoned Heating and Cooling A zoned heating and cooling system provides you individual control over different zones of your home utilizing multiple programmable thermostats. This will not only keep you more comfortable, but also save you on energy expenses. Heating and cooling accounts for half of the energy used in your home. Together we can work to be sure your heating and cooling system is operating at peak efficiency. If you haven’t set up your furnace service for the year or have any questions regarding your home comfort system, set up an appointment with us online or give us a call at 319-524-3714.