Monday, October 24, 2016

How to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Residential Gas Furnace

During wintertime, your heating system may seem like it is constantly cycling in order to keep your Grand Strand area home warm enough. If your utility bills are higher than usual or your furnace is turning on right after it just shut off, the system could have an efficiency problem. Consider these three ways a professional HVAC technician can help to improve the energy efficiency of your residential gas furnace.
Change the Air Filter

The fastest way to boost your heater's efficiency is to replace the old dirty air filter with a clean unit. Your HVAC technician can do this for you. An ideal schedule is to replace air filters every 30 days the furnace is in use. In a cold climate, you may need to replace the filter more often.

Seasonal Tune-up

Getting a seasonal tune-up for your furnace is also important for boosting the system's efficiency. The tune-up service includes cleaning dirt and debris out of the combustion chamber, lubricating the motor and fan, and checking all valves and components for safety and functionality. The technician will also run a performance test for efficiency.

New Equipment

If your furnace is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it. Today's newest gas furnaces offer up to 98 percent efficiency at converting gas into heat. Your HVAC service company can help you choose the right new furnace for your needs. The technician will start by measuring your home's square footage and assessing its age and other factors. This will determine the size of furnace you need. The motor size, type of air handler and other system features can also be selected to maximize the efficiency of a newly installed furnace.


How to Improve the Efficiency of an Existing Gas Furnace, homeguides.sfgate.com

Measure Guideline: High Efficiency Natural Gas Furnaces, www.nrel.gov

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