How to Maximize Your Furnace Efficiency This Fall
Top Tips to Maximize Your Furnace Efficiency This Fall
Keeping your home warm once the temperature drops should not mean that you need to spend more on energy. How exactly can you maximize your furnace efficiency this fall (and well into the winter)?
There are a few critical factors to consider.
The efficiency of heating systems is measured by their annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings. The AFUE rating of a furnace states how efficient it is in converting fuel into heat. Most of the models that you will find available in the market have higher percentages, with some models having AFUE ratings hovering near the 100 percent mark. If you have an old furnace installed in your home and you are due for a purchase of a new one, that is one effective way to save money over the long term while ensuring comfort.
The Price of Energy in Your Area
Energy costs will vary from one area to another. This simply means that one type of furnace is more efficient in one location and less efficient in another. The cost of fuel in your area often dictates the efficiency of your furnace.
The Size of Your Furnace Relative to the Size of the Area Where it is Used
One of the key mistakes homeowners often make is choosing an HVAC system that is too big or too small for their homes. If your furnace (and air-conditioning system) is over or undersized, it won’t be able to run within the maximally efficient range. That translates to a host of issues, including waste of energy (and money), frequent breakdowns, uneven temperature, and shortened lifespan. In choosing a furnace, follow the Goldilocks principle: not too big, not too small, just right.
The Quality of Insulation in Your Home
Another factor that greatly influences the efficiency of furnaces is the insulation in a home. But apart from the insulation system currently in place, you have to take note that even the small things that you thought had negligible effects on your furnace can contribute greatly to its efficiency (or inefficiency). Take a set of newly installed blinds, for example. Such a simple change affects the energy consumption of your furnace.
If you fail to properly maintain your heating system, its efficiency will go down. On top of that, if you expect your system to provide the same temperature in its sub-optimal state, you will have to keep it running longer, which translates to added costs.
Contact Hometown HVAC, your local heating and air company in Concord to schedule your preventative furnace maintenance today!