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Tips to Improve Your Furnace Efficiency in the Main Line

Now that colder weather is here to stay in the Main Line, most homeowners will start really thinking about turning on the furnace for the season. With that flip of the switch comes new consideration both for your comfort and for your check book.

Energy efficiency universally impacts everyone who runs a furnace or air conditioner and also has an effect on the ecosystem depending on the efficiency of the system. So when you’re looking for little ways to make a big impact on the energy efficiency of your furnace this season, consider these pointers:

Easy Fixes

  • Filters: probably the most forgotten simple fix to help better the energy efficiency of your furnace, changing filters as recommended not only helps the air flow more freely, but it may also help you keep your indoor air quality up to par.
  • Thermostat settings: dialing your thermostat a few degrees cooler than typical is a very basic way to save a few dollars. Comfort is still important, but you may be surprised what a couple degrees cooler can do for your energy expenses.
  • Programmable thermostat: don’t feel like continually adjusting your thermostat before you leave for the day or when you know you won’t be home for a while? Programmable thermostats can provide you with savings by keeping your home cooler when you’re not around or when you’re sleeping and the temperature isn’t as critical.
  • Weatherstripping: whether it’s around your doors or windows, weatherstripping can help keep warm air from getting out after you’ve already paid for it. Take a couple minutes to walk around your home and look at your windows and doors and determine if they need to be re-caulked or need new weatherstripping.

Comfort is something we’re always looking for no matter whether it’s furnace season or air conditioning season. These few tips are a great place to start so you can transition to the new season while still working to improve the efficiency of your furnace and potentially save a few bucks. If you’d like to know any more about these tips or are searching for a new furnace, give the team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 610-626-2540 or schedule an appointment with us online.