Installing a high-efficiency gas furnace is initially a costly investment for most homeowners, but the payoff can start immediately in lower energy bills year after year. But, what if you’re not ready to make this investment? Has your current gas furnace still got plenty of life left in it?
If so, you may want to consider a couple ways to make it more efficient until you’re ready to replace it. Here are some tips to enhance the efficiency of your current furnace and help you save more:
Don’t skip your system’s annual maintenance appointment. A checkup can keep a small problem from turning into a bigger one, but it can also improve the efficiency of your furnace. A cleaner, properly adjusted furnace will work better and make your home more comfortable. Also, remember to change your filter when it gets dirty. Familiarize yourself with your owner’s manual, so you can be on the lookout for problems.
Seal and Insulate
Your home probably already has adequate insulation, but check to see if it’s in good shape in your attic and around your ductwork. Insulation can keep your ducts from losing conditioned air in your attic. Also, check your ductwork for loose seams and holes. Patch any holes with foil tape and fix gaps and loose seams with mastic (a gummy sealant) and metal tape.
Using a a smoke pencil, search your home for cracks and gaps where conditioned air is leaking out and outside air is getting in. You can apply weatherstripping and caulk to seal these areas.
If you haven’t replaced your old analog or digital thermostat with a programmable model, do so now. By lowering the temperature when your family is sleeping or away by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours, you can save as much as 15 percent a year on your energy bill.
If you want to know more about improving the efficiency of your current gas furnace, contact Around the Clock Air Conditioning & Heating. We serve customers throughout Greater Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.