How to Take Advantage of Your Furnace’s Efficiency04/05/2016Spring has arrived on the calendar, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have unanticipated cold days. It’s never the wrong time of year to take note of your furnace efficiency. There are some easy things that can be done to fully receive the benefits of your furnace’s efficiency and boost the lifecycle of your system. Switch Your Furnace Filter Swapping your furnace filter seems to always appear on these lists because it’s so crucial. Energy Star suggests switching your filter every month. The frequency in which you swap out your filter will depend on your filter type and your system. Some filters last longer than others. 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 increase 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 lifecycle for your system. Be Sure Your Ducts Are Sealed Properly Ducts distribute air throughout your home and if they have any leaks, holes or poor connections, you could have a lot of energy being wasted. Not only that, but they may be making your home less comfortable. If you are unsure 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 away? There are a handful of different models of programmable thermostats select from, so pick the one that best meets your lifestyle needs. Schedule Your Annual Tune-Up When your furnace isn’t having any issues it’s easy to forget that it can run even more smoothly with an annual tune-up and maintenance check. Annual furnace tune-ups keep your furnace operating efficiently and may extend the life of your system. Zoned Heating and Cooling A zoned heating and cooling system offers you individual control over different zones of your home using 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 operating at top efficiency. If you haven’t set up your furnace service for the year or have any questions related to your home comfort system, set up an appointment with us online or give us a call at 815-788-6283.