Managing Your HVAC System

Six Simple Mistakes That Make A Furnace System Less Efficient

You might be under the misconception that making your furnace system more efficient requires investing in a unit or expensive new technologies. Actually, there might be a lot of simple things that you can do to make your furnace system more efficient and thereby cut back on your utility bills this winter. The following are six simple mistakes you can correct to make the furnace on your property more efficient. 

Using an old thermostat that's not programmable

Programmable thermostats always make a furnace system more efficient. Updating the thermostat on your system may be a fairly simple and expensive way to make your furnace more efficient. With a programmable thermostat, you don't have to be at home to make changes in your thermostat setting. This means that you can schedule adjustments to lower the temperature for times when you're not going to be home and thereby decrease fuel or electricity consumption. 

Running your furnace on an old air filter

You need to keep a fresh, clean filter in your furnace to maximize efficiency. An older filter can restrict airflow. This not only means your furnace has to work harder, but it can also make the interior air in your home less clean. 

Allowing debris to accumulate in registers

Another thing that can restrict airflow in your furnace system is debris in your registers. Clogged registers won't let conditioned air into your interiors as freely as they should. This, in turn, reduces the efficiency of your system. Don't just clean your registers to maximize efficiency. Also, take some time to make sure that large items like furniture pieces aren't blocking them and thereby preventing free airflow. 

Allowing debris to accumulate around your furnace

It's important for you to keep things organized around your furnace. Make sure that you're not letting clutter build up around your furnace unit as that prevents free airflow. Not only can this reduce efficiency, but it can also create a fire hazard. 

Neglecting furnace inspections

Simply scheduling periodic furnace inspections is important for making sure you're keeping up with maintenance. A furnace inspection will also allow you to find out promptly when your furnace is malfunctioning and in need of repairs. 

Failing to take advantage of the insulating effect of curtains

You might be underestimating how well curtains over your windows can improve home insulation. It's a good idea to draw your curtains when you're furnace is running. This is especially true at night and during the coldest periods of the year. 

Reach out to a professional for more help with your furnace systems