Winter is here, which means you’re likely using your furnace much more often than at any other time of the year. Is your furnace running as well as it should? Electric furnace efficiency is important, not only because it directly affects your heating bills but also because it lengthens the lifespan of this expensive appliance.
Here are some electric furnace tips to follow if you want to boost your energy efficiency this winter and beyond.
Program your thermostat
One of the most important things you can do to boost electric furnace efficiency is to program your thermostat. While 72°F is typically considered a comfortable room temperature, your furnace will run much less if you program your thermostat to a temperature between 68°F and 70°F. It’s wise to invest in a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature lower while you’re away at work or asleep. Your furnace won’t have to run as much, and you’ll reduce your energy bills without sacrificing comfort.
Keep windows and doors closed
Want to get some fresh air in the house on a milder day? It’s usually not a good idea, since your furnace will have to run in order to keep up with the change in temperature. Instead of wasting energy, use indoor air quality products that reduce the staleness of your air so you can keep windows and doors shut throughout the winter.
Check for drafts
Air leaks can make it much harder for a furnace to maintain a comfortable indoor air temperature at home. Drafts leak energy since heat produced by the furnace escapes outdoors. Invest in weatherstripping and use caulking—it’s affordable and easy to do, effectively sealing drafts and keeping your energy bills low.
Maintain the furnace
Routine maintenance is essential when it comes to preserving the efficiency of your furnace. During a regular checkup, your furnace technician will check filters, the air blower, motor housing, belts and other components, determining if anything needs replacement. Inspecting and repairing a furnace is never a do-it-yourself job—only a professional technician can give your furnace the attention it deserves.
Invest in an upgrade
In some cases, old furnaces are simply too old to maintain an appropriate efficiency. If you’re finding it hard to heat your home or if you’re noticing a sharp increase in your electric bills from running the heat, investing in a new system is often worth the expense. Old furnaces typically have efficiencies in the 56 to 70 percent range, while new ones can achieve up to 98.5 percent efficiency. Upgrade from your old model to something new, sustainable and efficient, and enjoy greater comfort at a lower price.
Want to learn more electric furnace tips that can keep your energy bills low and preserve the function of your furnace? Schedule a maintenance call by getting in touch with Dailey Heating & Air Conditioning today. We’ll perform a diagnostic inspection and determine what needs to be repaired or upgraded so your furnace can function at its best all winter long.
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