Everything You Need to Know About Furnace Efficiency

7 Tips to Make Your Furnace Perform its Best

Most homeowners can’t wait for the cold weather to be over, but you need a dependable furnace when winter arrives. If your furnace isn’t performing its best, you could be throwing money down the drain in energy costs. Here are some tips to help your furnace work at its peak efficiency and keep you warm all winter long.

1. Select the Right Size Furnace

The first step in maintaining a high-performing furnace is selecting the right size model for your home. If you choose a small furnace, it won’t provide enough heat to warm your home adequately. For example, if your home is larger, you will need a large furnace to provide enough heat for the whole home. Conversely, if you select one that is too large for a smaller home, it will run inefficiently and be costly to operate.

To ensure maximum efficiency and comfort throughout the year, we recommend having a professional HVAC technician come out and take measurements of your house before buying anything.

2. Replace an Old Furnace

If you have an older model furnace (over 15 years old), replacing it may be necessary to achieve optimal performance and energy savings. Newer furnaces are made with high-efficiency materials, allowing them to run more efficiently than older units — meaning lower utility bills over time! New models also have more advanced features, such as programmable thermostats and advanced filtration systems, which help reduce air allergens while providing better indoor air quality.

3. Clear Away Debris

Keeping debris away from vents and other HVAC system components can increase airflow, leading to improved performance and increased efficiency of your furnace. Trim back bushes, move mulch away from vents, and ensure all filters are clear of dirt and dust buildup to

maximize the efficiency of your furnace in the winter months ahead.

4. Sealing Cracks & Leaks

Furnaces need good airflow to perform efficiently — airflow is lost when there are cracks or leaks around windows and doors or within the ductwork. Sealing cracks and leaks helps maintain consistent temperatures throughout each room of your house while also reducing energy costs associated with running the furnace constantly, trying to make up for lost heat due to poor insulation or airflow issues. Sealing any gaps between floorboards or baseboards can prevent drafts from entering the house — helping keep rooms warmer even on colder days!

5. Change Filters Regularly

Clogged filters restrict airflow, which causes strain on your system's components leading to decreased efficiency and higher energy bills over time. Replacing filters regularly (once every six months or according to manufacturer recommendations) helps ensure clean air is circulated throughout your home while keeping heating costs down during the winter months ahead.

6. Adjust Thermostat Settings

Lowering thermostat settings a few degrees overnight will help reduce energy bills during colder months without sacrificing comfort at night or during daytime hours when no one is home.

7. Improve Insulation

Ensuring proper insulation levels in walls, attics, basements, and crawl spaces help maintain even temperatures throughout the residence, reducing the use of heating systems during the winter months ahead.

All these steps will help ensure that you have a reliable furnace when temperatures drop this winter season! By taking simple steps, you can know that you have a dependable heating system that runs this winter season efficiently! With these tips in mind and our team at Griffin Mechanical, LLC on your side, you will know that you'll be able to stay warm all winter long without breaking the bank!

Schedule your heating maintenance and repair with our team today by calling (615) 502-3030!