Heating costs often make up 50 percent or more of winter energy bills. As such, finding new ways to lower these costs can make your heating system more efficient. If you have an old furnace, replacing it with a modern system is the optimal solution. However, if your furnace is in good condition, and you are not interested in replacing it, make the most out of what it can do.
Here are some tips for making your gas furnace run more efficiently:
- Get an inspection done before the heating season starts. A heating professional will inspect your furnace and ensure that it’s burning fuel properly. He will make sure it is able to operate at its highest efficiency.
- Inspect your furnace filters monthly. The filters in your furnace help keep particulates out, which makes it work more efficiently. However, a clogged filter makes your furnace work harder, driving up costs. Check your filters once a month, cleaning and replacing them as needed.
- Install and use a programmable thermostat. You can set your thermostat at a lower temperature at night and when you’re away. Additionally, you can set it at a comfortable temperature when you’re at home and active. This can help lower energy usage. Just be sure to check the schedule periodically to make sure it applies to your family’s current schedule.
- Inspect and seal your ducts. Old ducts can leak as much as 20 percent of heated air moving through them. Have a professional inspect your ductwork and make any repairs necessary.
- Insulate your ductwork. If you live in an older home, your bare ductwork may be running through unheated areas, like your crawlspace, basement, or attic. Adding insulation around your ducts can help keep heated air inside.
Gas furnaces are excellent heating options as long as they’re efficient. Contact Amarillo Air Conditioning for more energy efficiency tips.
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