Six Things That Can Detract From Furnace Efficiency This Winter

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Maximizing furnace efficiency is important for minimizing utility bills and keeping your household comfortable during the coldest months of the year. Unfortunately, a lot of homeowners make simple mistakes that cost them money and add a lot of frustration in the wintertime.

The following are six things you need to avoid doing around your house this winter because they detract from furnace efficiency:

Turning the thermostat up excessively high

A lot of homeowners are tempted to set their thermostat very high to heat things up quickly when they feel particularly cold. This is generally a bad idea.

Setting the thermostat up higher will not get a home's interiors warmer any faster. In the end, it could simply waste energy and make interiors uncomfortably hot.

Putting furniture over vent openings

Adequate air circulation is always important to ensure that any HVAC equipment in the home works properly. A home's furnace is no exception. 

It's important to keep vents clear so that the air that has been heated by the furnace can be effectively channeled throughout the home. This means that furniture pieces should not be placed over vent openings. 

Allowing cold air to penetrate your home

The more airtight your home is, the less cold air will leak in and the more efficiently your furnace will operate.

It's a good idea to seal up any cold air leaks and put some additional insulation into your walls to make your furnace and HVAC system more efficient this winter. 

Leaving old filters in place

One of the easiest things you can do to improve the operation of your furnace is to change out old filters.

Air filters in your furnace are responsible for maintaining air quality. Over time, they can become clogged so that they hamper proper air circulation. Make sure you stay on top of filter changes to ensure that your furnace is operating effectively.

Leaving the thermostat at the same temperature all the time

You can save energy during the wintertime by lowering your thermostat temperature slightly when you're going out. You don't need to keep your interiors heated to as high a temperature when you're not home.

Turn your thermostat down a few degrees when you're going out to maximize furnace efficiency. 

Failing to have a pre-season inspection performed

Remember that a malfunctioning furnace can cause more problems than just uncomfortable temperatures. It can also lead to frozen pipes and other plumbing system problems if a furnace is not repaired before temperatures fall below freezing outside. 

Annual maintenance is important for detecting developing problems. Having an HVAC technician perform a pre-season inspection before the coldest temperatures arrive will ensure that your furnace will be able to heat effectively when it's needed to keep your home both comfortable and functional in cold weather. 

Visit a heating service like Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. to learn more. 

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