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Maximizing Furnace Efficiency: Simple Steps for Better Performance

November 22, 2023

Ways to Improve Furnace Efficiency

As winter approaches, the furnace becomes a hot topic. Homeowners want to keep their houses warm and comfortable without spending a fortune on heating bills. The good news? You can reduce your energy bills and maximize your furnace efficiency by following some simple steps.

Our Mick’s Plumbing Heating and Air team is here to discuss some tips that will help you get the most out of your furnace and keep your home warm and cozy all winter.

1. Change the Furnace Filter

The first step in maximizing your furnace efficiency is to change the filter regularly. Dirty and clogged filters make it harder for the furnace to circulate air, leading to increased energy consumption and reduced airflow. Depending on the type of filter and the level of use, you should aim to replace it at least every three months. If you have pets or family members with allergies, you might need to change it more frequently. 

2. Adjust the Thermostat

Every degree you lower the thermostat will save you money on your heating bill. The ideal temperature for a home during winter is between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind that each degree above 68 degrees will increase your energy consumption by about 3%. You can also benefit from a programmable thermostat, which allows you to set different temperatures for different times of the day or week.

3. Seal Air Leaks

One of the most common causes of energy inefficiency in homes is air leaks. Cold air can enter through gaps around windows, doors, and other openings, while warm air escapes. By sealing these leaks, you can prevent drafts and keep your home warm. You can use weather stripping or caulking to close gaps around windows and doors or install insulation in attics, crawlspaces, and other areas where heat can escape.

4. Maintain the Furnace

Regular maintenance is essential for maintaining furnace efficiency. You should have your furnace checked by a professional every year to ensure that it is in good working condition. This includes inspecting and cleaning the burners, testing the heat exchanger for cracks, and checking the electrical components. A well-maintained furnace will operate more efficiently and help you avoid costly breakdowns and repairs.

5. Use a Humidifier

Dry air can make your home feel colder than it is, leading to the temptation to turn up the thermostat. By using a humidifier, you can add moisture to the air, making it feel warmer and more comfortable. This can reduce your reliance on heating and help you save on your energy bills. Moreover, a humidifier can have other benefits like reduced risk of infections and preventing static electricity.

Schedule Your Annual Furnace Maintenance Today!

If you’re looking to keep your furnace in tip-top shape for the years to come, schedule a tune-up with the Thurmont HVAC experts at Mick’s Plumbing & Heating! For over 25 years, Mick’s has been the go-to for all things heating-related; from annual maintenance to repairs and new system installations, our team will provide you with peace of mind.

To schedule your appointment, give us a call or contact us online to receive a free estimate.