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Top 5 Furnace Efficiency Tips

March 15th, 2015 by Brian Starck

Furnace efficiency tipsDid you know that there are things you can do to improve the efficiency of your furnace? Taking steps to help your furnace work more efficiently will cause it to use less fuel and electricity to run, which will save you money during winter heating season.

Here are Top 5 Furnace Efficiency Tips for greater furnace efficiency:

1) Change the furnace filter at recommended intervals

A basic furnace filter will need to be changed every 30 days, or about once a month. Some replaceable filters last up to 90 days, and whole home air purification filters may only need changing every six months to a year. Running your furnace with a dirty filter not only circulates dirtier air through your home, it also causes your entire system to work harder to move the air through the filter, making it more costly to operate.

2) Have your furnace cleaned and tuned up regularly

Once a year furnace cleaning is ideal. A furnace tune-up removes dirt and deposits, lubricates the unit, and replaces minor parts that can keep it from functioning at peak efficiency. Having the furnace cleaned and tuned up yearly can save as much as 5 percent of total heating costs. Thornton Heating Services can tune up your furnace and get it running at peak efficiency.

3) Adjust dampers where possible to send equal heat to all rooms

Dampers cover the openings where heat enters the ducts to each room. If you notice that some rooms get a lot more heat than others, some of your dampers may need to be adjusted. Partially closing dampers to rooms that get the most heat may force more heat into the other rooms, allowing you to keep your thermostat lower overall. If dampers are already closed or partially closed to some rooms that you want more heat in, you can open the dampers to get more heat in there. Closing dampers to rooms that don’t get used is another good idea. Why heat a room if you don’t need to?

4) Install a heat pump

Although it costs several hundred dollars to install a heat pump, it can save homeowners in certain climates (those with mild to moderate winters) a significant amount of money. Heat pumps take heat from the outside air and recirculate it to heat the home. They are generally more effective when there is no more than a 40 degree difference between the outdoor air temperature and the desired indoor temperature. Heat pumps are up to 40 percent more efficient to operate than furnaces. They can use air or water (geothermal) to operate.

5) Use a humidifier

Air with the proper amount of humidity feels warmer than dry air, so you can run the furnace at a lower temperature and still feel comfortable. Whole home humidifiers hook right up to the furnace and run automatically. Stand-alone humidifiers have a lower initial cost, but may be less efficient to run and need regular refilling and cleaning. Also, several stand-alone humidifiers may be needed to provide humidification for the entire house.

Thornton Heating Service Inc. provides a full range of heating services including repairs, replacement systems, and accessories like heat pumps and whole home humidifiers. Contact them today to see how they can meet your heating service needs.

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