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Find Out How to Maximize Your Home’s Furnace Efficiency

A furnace that operates inefficiently not only wastes energy but may also suffer frequent breakdowns and fail prematurely. Fortunately, you can easily keep the furnace in your Yuma home running as efficiently as possible in the cooler months. Use the tips discussed here to maximize furnace efficiency.

Change the Furnace Air Filter

The air filter traps dust and debris carried by the air your furnace draws from your home through the return duct for heating. These particles can accumulate to the point that the filter becomes so dirty that it restricts your system’s airflow and affects furnace efficiency. As a result, your furnace will work harder to produce enough heated air for your home, making it less efficient. It’s advisable to change your furnace filter at least once every three months.

Seal Leaks

Sealing your house enables it to retain as much heat as possible. This reduces the amount of heat your furnace has to generate, boosting its energy efficiency. You can achieve that by sealing the gaps around your windows and doors with caulk, expanding foam, or weatherstripping, ensuring your attic is properly insulated, and having your ducts examined for leaks and then sealed.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

Consider upgrading your thermostat to take advantage of the sophisticated controls and cutting-edge technology that modern thermostats offer. Programmable thermostats let you reduce your furnace’s heating output when you’re asleep or when nobody’s home. Programmable Wi-Fi thermostats allow you to adjust your home’s heating remotely and provide energy reports and tips on energy efficiency. Those with built-in learning functions can learn your routines and adjust your indoor environment accordingly while minimizing energy costs.

Schedule Maintenance for Furnace Efficiency

No matter what else you do, your furnace will operate inefficiently if it’s in poor condition. A seasonal tuneup for your furnace will ensure that you get the best performance possible. Your service technician will inspect your system’s heat exchanger, flue, combustion chamber, and fuel output, among other maintenance checks, to keep your system working optimally.

Taking steps to maximize furnace efficiency will also help make your home more energy-efficient throughout the year and extend the life span of your heating and cooling systems. Contact us at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company if you need heating and AC repairs, installation, or maintenance in the Yuma area.