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 unforeseen 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 bonuses of your furnace’s efficiency and increase the lifecycle of your system. Change Your Furnace Filter Swapping your furnace filter seems to always show up on these lists because it’s so important. Energy Star suggests changing your filter every month. The frequency in which you exchange your filter will depend on your filter type and your system. Some filters last much longer. Inspect 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 improve your air quality, but also helps your system operate more efficiently. Dust and build-up in your system can cause your system to work harder and might lead to a shorter lifetime 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 might 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 not home? There are a handful of different models of programmable thermostats choose from, so pick the one that best suits your lifestyle needs. Arrange Your Annual Tune-Up When your furnace isn’t having any problems it’s easy to forget that it benefits from an annual tune-up and maintenance check. Annual furnace tune-ups keep your furnace running efficiently and may extend the lifecycle of your system. Zoned Heating and Cooling A zoned heating and cooling system offers you individual control over different zones of your home taking advantage of multiple programmable thermostats. This will not only keep you more comfortable, but also save you money. 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 running at peak efficiency. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year or have any questions related to your home comfort system, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 610-626-2540.