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 notice of your furnace efficiency. There are some basic things that can be done to fully realize the bonuses of your furnace’s efficiency and lengthen the lifecycle of your system. Switch Your Furnace Filter Switching your furnace filter seems to always appear on these lists because it’s so essential. Energy Star suggests switching your filter every month. The frequency in which you change your filter will depend on your filter type and your system. Some filters last much longer. Inspect your filters every month and get a sense of how often your filters need changed out. A clean filter will keep air flowing freely in your home which will not only boost your air quality, but also helps your system operate more efficiently. Dust and build-up in your system will cause your system to work harder and could lead to a shorter lifecycle 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 can have a lot of energy being wasted. Not only that, but they may 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 not home? There are a few different models of programmable thermostats choose from, so pick the one that best meets your lifestyle needs. Set Up Your Annual Tune-Up When your furnace isn’t having any problems 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 might extend the life of your system. Zoned Heating and Cooling A zoned heating and cooling system offers 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 throughout the year. Heating and cooling accounts for half of the energy used in your home. Together we can work to ensure your heating and cooling system is running at peak efficiency. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year or have any questions regarding your home comfort system, set up an appointment with us online or give us a call at 925-689-7017.