How to Improve Your Heating System’s Efficiency

With cool weather coming, it’s time to start thinking about how you can reduce your energy costs while keeping your home comfortable. There are many ways to improve your heater efficiency. We will show you some of the tried and true methods so that you can save costs over the winter!

Change the Furnace Filter

As your furnace runs, the filter picks up dust, dander, and other airborne debris that would otherwise damage your furnace. Over the span of a few weeks, the filter can become clogged, which drastically reduces the amount of air your furnace receives. Because of this, your furnace will need to work much harder to heat your home. Lower your energy costs and increase heater efficiency by swapping out dirty filters on a regular basis.

Have a Technician Inspect Your Heating System

To keep your heating system running at peak efficiency, you should have it inspected by a qualified HVAC technician annually. Not only will a technician be able to spot problems that will cause future failures, but they’ll also be able to make any adjustments necessary to improve the efficiency and lifespan of your heating system.

Seal Air Ducts

Leaky ducts that blow warm air into your basement are a massive source of heat loss. In fact, according to Energy Star, leaky duct-work can account for as much as 30 percent of a home’s heat loss. Use mastic sealant, metal tape, and insulation to seal all exposed duct work. If you have ducts running through walls or other areas you can’t reach, you may need to call in a professional to do the job right.

When is it Time to Replace Your Furnace?

If you have an aging heating system, there may not be much you can do to increase its efficiency. Many older furnaces have an efficiency rating of 60 percent, which means only 60 percent of your heating dollars are actually heating your home, with the rest of the money being wasted on the furnace’s inefficient design. By comparison, the best heating systems come with 96 percent efficiency ratings – in other words, only four cents of every dollar spent on heating is wasted, saving you up to 36 percent on your yearly heating costs.

As the weather starts to get cooler, there is a lot you can do to make sure you’re getting the most heat for the money spent on energy. To maximize heater efficiency, have your furnace serviced and keep up with the routine maintenance. If necessary, don’t hesitate to replace an old, inefficient furnace. The money you spend on a new heating system will soon pay itself back in energy savings!

Ready to get your furnace repaired or replaced? The professionals at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling are here to help. Give us a call at (520) 433-9215, or contact us online today.

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