Your furnace is a large investment. You want to get the most years out of it and ensure that it is working properly to keep your energy use and bills under control. Here are 5 ways that you can help to make your old furnace work in a more efficient manner to keep your home comfortable without throwing money away.
- Change your furnace filters regularly. This is a simple project that is not expensive but presents great results. Furnace filters needs to be changed at lest once every month as needed. When a filter is dirty is increase how hard the furnace’s blower needs to work in order to circulate air through your home.
- Clean out your home’s air ducts to ensure air is flowing freely trough from your furnace into the rest of your home. You can do this by opening the duct and using a long, extended vacuum. Also, check for any obstructions that may be blocking the flow of air. Finally, check to see that there aren’t any holes or gaps between the ducts causing air leaks. When air leaks from the duct it does not enter your home, meaning your furnace has to use more energy and work extra hard to get your home to a desirable temperature. Once a leak is identified, remove the insulation so that it can be better accessed. Then, use a high grade duct tape to reseal the area properly.
- Set your thermostat lower. Lowering your thermostat just a few degrees can provide you with significant savings on your energy bill each month without having any noticeable impact on the comfort or temperature of your home. The less your furnace has to work, the longer it will last and the more efficient it will be. Plus, you can reduce your carbon footprint and impact on the environment with these tiny energy savings changes that add up quickly!
- Hire a professional to service your furnace once a year. While you can do a lot of maintenance on your own, professional will be able to identify problems with your furnace proactively to prevent issues, save you money, and reduce energy waste. Also, this person can perform any necessary repairs and help to ensure the longevity of your furnace so you won’t have to buy a new one any time soon. This individual will know lots about furnace and boiler troubleshooting and an answer any questions or concerns you may have.
- Make sure all burners are wiring properly. When checking the burners always make sure the electricity is off first. Upon inspection, the burners should all be even and of a blue color. An orange or yellow color means that there is likely rust or dirt impacting the burners that should be cleaned as soon as possible.
All of these tips and steps can help you to maintain your furnace properly so that it has a long life and works at its very best. In addition to DIY maintenance, having a professional come in at least once a year can improve the longevity and function of your furnace for many years to come.