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 unexpected 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 realize the benefits of your furnace’s efficiency and lengthen the lifecycle of your system. Switch Your Furnace Filter Switching your furnace filter seems to always pop up on these lists because it’s so essential. Energy Star suggests changing 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 more than others. Check your filters every month and get a sense of how often your filters need changed 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 work more efficiently. Dust and build-up in your system can cause your system to work harder and might lead to a shorter life 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 sure your ducts are sealed well, we can help. Add a Programmable Thermostat A programmable thermostat can reduce 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 pick 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 working efficiently and could extend the lifecycle of your system. Zoned Heating and Cooling A zoned heating and cooling system gives 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 throughout the year. Heating and cooling accounts for half of the energy used in your home. Together we can work to make 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, arrange an appointment with us online or give us a call at 803-318-6995.