Winter is coming – and we’re not just hyping you up for the final season of a popular television show. With cold weather on its way, you should consider the performance of your furnace. With all the money you spent on your energy bill during the summer, maybe give yourself a break this season with these 7 ways to improve furnace efficiency:
1. Replace Your Furnace Filter
Think about it: When was the last time you replaced your furnace filter? If you’re having trouble answering, it’s time to replace it. Your filter has collected dust and pollutants while in use, so no wonder your furnace is having such a hard time! It’s best to change it out every two to three months.
2. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Keep the temperature in your home consistent to save energy and take it easy on your furnace. During the day in the winter time, it’s best to keep your home at 68 degrees. While you’re at home and going to sleep though, it’s OK to raise the temperature a little bit. Make this process easy on yourself by install a programmable thermostat.
3. Seal Up Your Air Ducts
Old or worn out air ducts can give the heat in your home opportunities for escape. Sealing your air ducts can improve your air flow by 20%, giving your furnace a chance to take a breather. You’ll be warm and comfortable in your home in no time!
4. Clean Your Furnace Registers
Your furnace may be working overtime in its efforts to heat your home because its registers are coated in dust. Tag an old cloth and dust them off to easily restore function to your furnace. You should also make sure that the registers aren’t blocked by furniture of any kind, including rugs and drapes, to ensure peak performance.
5. Insulate Your Attic
You probably learned this in your middle school science class: Heat rises. Track the warmth inside your home by insulating your attic. The insulation will lock the heat inside, keeping you cozy without having to crank your furnace.
6. Weather-Proof Your Entries
Sealing up your doors and windows can keep your warm air from escaping. Reigning in your warmth can keep your furnace from having to work so hard to heat your home. Save heat and energy overall, helping both the environment and your wallet.
7. Schedule Furnace Maintenance Services
The best thing you can do to improve furnace efficiency is schedule a furnace maintenance or tune-up appointment with a licensed HVAC technician. Bardi has some of the best HVAC experts in the Norcross area. Call us 770-263-9300 to get your furnace in tip-top shape with exceptional service from Bardi.
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