Increasing the efficiency of your HVAC system in five easy steps
SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
With just a few simple steps, you can increase the efficiency of your heating system. Any system’s efficiency can be improved by: regularly changing filters, performing annual maintenance, repairing any issues quickly, buying a programmable thermostat and insulating your house to eliminate waste.
Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about whether or not their furnace is functioning at peak performance. But the truth is that taking a few minutes here and there to ensure your furnace is running efficiently can help not only improve the performance of your furnace, but can also help consume less energy and lower your utility bills.
Regular maintenance can have a big impact on the health of your furnace, particularly if you have an older system that hasn’t been maintained for a while. Giving your furnace a bit of an efficiency checkup doesn’t need to be complicated, so to help you out with your own system, here are a few simple and inexpensive tricks that could help you lower energy expenditure without lowering the output of your HVAC system…
Change your filters every 90 days
It sounds so simple, but you wouldn’t believe how many homeowners fail to change their furnace filters on a regular basis. A change every 90 days can significantly boost furnace efficiency. Dirty filters add a lot of pressure to the furnace, which in turn forces the furnace to use more energy to pump hot air throughout the house. What’s more, furnaces can get clogged in a hurry when in heavy use, so during our Canadian winters, you might want to consider checking them every month.
Close off all micro-leaks around doors and windows
This one doesn’t have anything to do with your furnace itself, but sealing off micro-leaks around your doors and windows can have a big impact on how much you need to use your furnace. Try inserting silicone gel into tiny creases located near your doors and windows to reduce the amount of wasted heat. No matter how small, those leaks can drain a lot of heat and force the HVAC system to work harder than it needs to.
Install a programmable thermostat
Using a digital thermostat that can decrease or increase the temperature based on your own programmed input can make a big difference on your monthly utility bill. These devices can turn the heat down at night or during times when no one is home, and up when your family would like it a little bit warmer. This will help ensure you’re not wasting energy keeping the house warm when no one’s home and you can still come home to a warm house without having to pay a fortune for it.
Take care of repairs without delay
You want to make sure that your HVAC system is in perfect order before continuing to use it. If you hear any unusual sounds or notice excessive moisture or dust around the house, you need to schedule a repair session immediately. You never know how much internal damage your system is incurring by putting off those repairs.
Conduct annual checks
Even if you think your HVAC system is working fine, you should still have a professional take a look at it once a year to ensure it stays that way. Professionals can spot problems early, before they become catastrophes, and can help you make simple repairs that will decrease the cost of maintenance and enable you to enter the winter months confident about furnace efficiency. Waiting for too long to call the technician might result in a serious breakdown, leaving your family in the cold.