How to Improve The Efficiency of Your Furnace
Just like any other machine, HVAC systems are prone to wear and tear, especially because they are used so frequently.
Efficient use of your furnace will not only increase its lifespan, but also brings down your energy costs. It also reduces the expenses you may incur on recurrent repairs or maintenance.
Here are some basic tips that can help improve the efficiency of your furnace and following these tips will help ensure a long-lasting furnace.
a. Keep the furnace filter clean
Furnace filters are in place to prevent dirt and dust from clogging the furnace. But it is important to keep these clean. With frequent use, the filter can collect dirt, grime or hair on it. This will then not allow air to pass through easily and the furnace will have to work harder to pull air through the dense filter. This will increase energy bills.
Clean the filter and replace it regularly if it is prone to accumulating too much of dust or pet hair, for example. If you have an air filter that is reusable you can wash it from time to time. Check it every month for debris and act accordingly.
b. Invest in a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat helps reduce your energy bills. By setting it to particular temperatures for weekdays and weekends or certain times of the day and night, you do not put a load on your furnace and also help the environment by conserving energy. This will help reduce wear and tear of your furnace.
c. Use curtains
Curtains help keep the warmth inside and not lose it to the outside cold. This will allow your furnace to keep the house warm using less energy. Closing the curtains at night will help retain heat while opening them in the day time, especially over windows that receive a lot of sunlight, ensures that your house warms up during the day.
d. Use ceiling fans
We have all learnt that hot air tends to rise. So, it generally stays up near the ceiling. Using a fan on low speed will help push the hot air downwards and give your room even warmth.
e. Don’t clutter the area around the furnace
The furnace can function better when air can circulate freely and has space to do so. Storing a lot of things around your furnace can block air flow and also pose as a fire hazard; because the furnace contains burning gas. It is best to keep a three to five foot area around the furnace free of belongings and any kind of clutter.
f. Undertake regular furnace check ups
Annual inspection of your furnace can help you identify minor problems if any before they become major repairs. If your furnace is running well, it will not put any strain on any of the parts and neither on your utility bills.
g. Maintain a proper humidity level
Air in winters is dry and can make you feel colder. Humidity helps transfer heat well. It’s also conducive for the health of wooden furniture and floors.