Help Your Furnace Help You
As this blog is being written, it is currently -4 degrees centigrade in Toronto. While that is certainly not the coldest it has ever been in our fair city, it’s still pretty cold. Here at EcoLife Home Comfort, we want to help everyone stay as warm as possible this winter. A warm home is a happy home, and one of the keys to having a warm home is having a furnace that properly produces heat. While most furnaces do a great job in keeping a home warm, some need a little bit of help. It’s not that they aren’t trying to heat as efficiently as possible, it’s just that they may not have all the necessary resources to effectively complete their task. To help you help your furnace, we are going to use today’s post to list out a few things you can do to help improve the efficiency of your existing furnace. These tips could be the difference between a winter with nor furnace issues and a winter where blankets are an indoor necessity.
Follow These Tips To Improve Furnace Efficiency
Most modern furnaces claim to have an efficiency rate of a little over 90 percent. This is good for consumers because not only does it mean that their furnaces are keeping their house warm, it also means that the furnace is not costing them more money than it should. However, what if your furnace needs a little help attaining this level of efficiency? Perhaps your furnace is a little older, causing it to struggle to keep up with your demands. Below, we have listed a few things you can do to ensure that your furnace is cranking out heat as economically as possible.
- Schedule Seasonal Maintenance: Although we harp on it quite a bit, having your furnace properly serviced on a seasonal basis can go a long way in ensuring that it is running as efficiently as possible. Just like an oil change for your car, these tune-ups can go a long way in making sure that your furnace doesn’t suddenly give out on you. Not only will the technician ensure that all of your furnaces parts are in proper working order, they can also clean the interior of your furnace of any dust or debris that has settled in the system.
- Seal Up Those Leaks: Energy Star, that wonderful watchdog that puts ratings on all of your home’s appliances, estimates that as much as 20 percent of the air moving through your home’s duct system is lost due to leakage. 20 percent, no matter how you look at it, is a lot of lost heat. To help prevent this leakage from occurring, contact an HVAC technician, like those at EcoLife Home Comfort, and have them do an inspection of your home’s duct work. If you would rather try and patch the leaks yourself, be sure that you are using the proper materials. Ironically, duct tape is actually not that great for duct repair work. Instead, we suggest that you use adhesive-backed foil tape or duct mastic to not only plug up any leaks but to also act as another level of insulation.
- Update Your Thermostat: While it may not seem initially obvious, the type of thermostat you have greatly affects the efficiency of your home’s furnace. If your home is still equipped with an old school thermostat that must be adjusted by moving a lever and only serves to manually turn the heat on and off, we suggest that you get a new one as soon as possible. While the world of thermostats in recent years has gone through some major changes, you don’t have to drop hundreds of dollars on a fancy “smart thermostat” such as a nest. A programmable digital thermostat is entirely adequate for most homes, and allows for a level of precision that manual thermostats can only dream of.
- Zoned Heating: If you live in a larger home and are looking for an effective way to reduce your energy bill and increase the efficiency of your furnace, a zone heating system might be just what you need. Zoned heating allow you to break up your house into a multitude of “zones”, giving you the ability to control the temperature in each zone independently from the others. This is advantageous for large houses with multiple rooms as it allows the homeowner to only send heat to the areas of the house that are in use while keeping unused areas at the house at a cooler, more cost effective temperature.
While there are other ways to improve the efficiency of your home’s heating system, we feel that the above solutions are the most effective. If you are worried about the efficiency of your furnace, contact us today at EcoLife Home Comfort in Toronto and schedule a furnace maintenance appointment. Our furnace experts will help to ensure that your furnace is as healthy as possible.