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 a closer look at your furnace efficiency. There are some simple things that can be done to fully realize the bonuses of your furnace’s efficiency and boost the lifecycle of your system. Change Your Furnace Filter Switching your furnace filter seems to always appear on these lists because it’s so crucial. Energy Star suggests swapping your filter every month. The frequency in which you change 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 changing. A clean filter will keep air flowing freely in your home which will not only improve your air quality, but also helps your system work more efficiently. Dust and build-up in your system may cause your system to work harder and might lead to a shorter life 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 might be making your home less comfortable. If you are not sure your ducts are sealed well, we can help. Utilize 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 choose from, so pick the one that best adapts to your lifestyle needs. Schedule Your Annual Tune-Up When your furnace isn’t having any issues it’s easy to forget that it can be even better with an annual tune-up and maintenance check. Annual furnace tune-ups keep your furnace operating 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 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 make sure your heating and cooling system is running at top efficiency. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year or have any questions about your home comfort system, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 540-483-5605.