How to Take Advantage of Your Furnace’s Efficiency04/05/2016Spring has shown itself 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 easy things that can be done to fully realize the perks of your furnace’s efficiency and lengthen the lifecycle of your system. Change Your Furnace Filter Switching your furnace filter seems to always show up on these lists because it’s so crucial. Energy Star suggests switching your filter every month. The frequency in which you change your filter will depend on your filter type and your system. Some filters last longer than others. Inspect your filters every month and get a sense of how often your filters need changed out. A clean filter will keep air flowing freely in your home which will not only improve your air quality, but also helps your system operate more efficiently. Dust and build-up in your system will cause your system to work harder and may lead to a shorter lifecycle for your system. Ensure Your Ducts Are Sealed Properly Ducts distribute air throughout your home and if they have any leaks, holes or poor connections, you might 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. Add 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 several different models of programmable thermostats choose from, so pick the one that best meets your lifestyle needs. Schedule Your Annual Tune-Up When your furnace isn’t having any troubles it’s easy to forget that it can be even better with an annual tune-up and maintenance check. Annual furnace tune-ups keep your furnace operating efficiently and could 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 using 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 make sure your heating and cooling system is running at it’s highest efficiency. If you haven’t set up your furnace service for the year or have any questions related to your home comfort system, arrange an appointment with us online or give us a call at 309-517-7511.