It won’t be long before cold weather arrives in Cedar Park, TX. The last thing you want on a frigid winter night is a furnace that doesn’t deliver enough heat to your home. Read on for three tips to help you get the best results from your furnace.
Change the Air Filter
When your furnace’s air filter is dirty, the warmed air can’t get through it. This means the blower has to work harder to circulate the heated air. This runs up your heating costs and stresses the furnace. Overworking the furnace can quickly lead to a blower motor, fan or capacitor failure. Once each month, check the furnace filter. When it’s visibly dirty, replace it. Don’t go longer than three months between air filter changes.
Use a Programmable or Smart Thermostat
With a programmable thermostat, you can lower your home’s energy use without sacrificing comfort. A programmable thermostat allows you to set automated adjustments to your home’s temperature. Lowering the temperature for the time you’re away from home reduces the number of heating cycles and lessens wear and tear on the furnace. A smart thermostat takes this up a notch and uses algorithms to predict your schedule and optimize the timing of each heating cycle.
Reduce Air Leaks
According to the Department of Energy, your furnace can perform better if your house is more energy-efficient. Find the places where your home is leaking or wasting energy. For example, add more caulk, weatherstripping or insulation to stop unwanted heat loss and reduce the workload on your system. Fewer heating cycles reduces wear and tear. If you’re considering a new furnace installation, make these energy efficiency improvements first. Doing so will lower your home heating costs and extend the new furnace’s lifespan. A smaller heating load also reduces the capacity of furnace you need.
To learn more about getting the best results from your system, take a look at AC Pros Air Conditioning & Plumbing’s heating services, or give us a call today.