Reduce Your Furnace’s Energy Consumption
Need Help Improving the Efficiency of Your Furnace?
For many of us, a natural gas furnace is an effective household heating system. Gas furnaces are generally more reliable and more energy efficient than their electric or oil-burning counterparts. However, if you think your natural gas furnace could be operating even more efficiently, the following guide may help reduce your furnace’s energy consumption, which allows for cleaner operation and lower winter heating bills.
The most important thing you can do to improve your heating system’s energy efficiency is to have it cleaned and serviced regularly. Scheduling a tune-up at least every two years not only enhances your furnace’s performance, but also extends its lifespan. A qualified technician will be able to spot potential problems during a routine tune-up and can take corrective action before small issues turn into major headaches, helping to prevent expensive malfunctions and reducing repair costs.
Heat loss is the number one reason why your home’s heating system may not be working at peak performance. When warm inside air seeps out through cracks or gaps in poorly sealed windows, doors and ductwork, the furnace is forced to work harder to compensate; this means more energy is wasted and your utility costs begin to climb. Do a thorough inspection of your home to identify areas where you may be losing heat. It is a good idea to perform this inspection before the cold weather sets in. Pay special attention to windows, doors, floors, walls, ceilings, plumbing fixtures and electrical outlets. Use caulk to plug up any gaps or cracks you find. Weather stripping around windows and doors will make them more resistant to drafts. Duct sealant or tape can stop up any small tears or gaps in your ductwork.
Clean Furnace Filters
Over time, furnace filters accumulate dust, pollen, lint, dirt and other airborne debris that restrict the air flow into and out of the unit. They need to be cleaned or replaced regularly to help keep your heating system working as efficiently as possible. Inspect filters about once a month, and clean or replace them every three months – of course, if you see anything that is blocking the filter or if you live in an area that gets very cold during the winter, you may need to replace your filter more often. Damaged or worn filters should also be replaced.
A regularly oiled furnace works better than one that isn’t. Lubricating motor parts and shaft bearings should be done regularly to help improve the system’s efficiency and cut down on energy usage. It also prevents annoying noise that can be caused by moving parts. You can purchase boiler lubricant from most hardware stores, or simply request that your HVAC technician include it as part of a regular maintenance schedule.
Clean or Adjust Burners
Furnace burners can become incredibly dirty over time. This affects the system’s heating capacity, and forces the furnace to use more gas. A qualified service tech can clean or adjust the burners as needed, improving the overall efficiency of your home’s heating system.
Contact Horizon Services
So, are you ready to install or replace a heater or air conditioner? Our friendly and experienced team of Comfort Specialists knows heating and air conditioning systems inside and out. They’ll take the time to study your home, understand your heating and cooling requirements, show you all of your options and assist you with finding the quality home comfort system that best meets your family’s needs and budget.