What Impacts Furnace & Heater Efficiency
The number one thing that affects the efficiency of your heater is how well-maintained it is. Heating systems require annual maintenance, preferably conducted at the start of the fall season. During your maintenance visit, our heating professionals will review your entire system, looking for signs of wear or damage, and conducting any necessary cleaning and filter replacements.
Signs that your heater is not working at peak efficiency include:
- Your heater must run for a long time to reach the temperature you set
- Your heater turns on more frequently than it used to
- Your heater is unable to maintain a stable temperature
- Your energy bills have increased, but your usage has not
In addition to how you maintain your system, the age of your system will also impact its energy efficiency. Most heaters and furnaces are designed to last for around 10-15 years. As they age, they will gradually lose efficiency as parts wear out. This is natural and to be expected.
Other things that will impact your heating system’s efficiency include:
- How often you change your air filter
- The condition and cleanliness of your air ducts
- How well-insulated your home is
- How well sealed your doors and windows are
The frequency with which you use your heating system may also have an impact, as a system used continuously may suffer from more wear and tear than a system used more moderately. That said, a system that sits unused and unmaintained for extended periods may suffer from buildup and other issues that can impact its lifespan and efficiency.
Ways to Save Money on Heating This Winter
In addition to keeping your system in good condition and scheduling your annual heater maintenance, there are several things you can do to support the efficiency of your heater or furnace and, in the process, save some money on your utility bills.
Other ways to boost the efficacy of your heating system:
- Make sure all vents and registers are open, pointed in the correct direction, and not blocked by furniture
- Utilize ceiling fans to help move warmed air throughout your home
- Close your blinds and curtains at night to help reduce heat loss through windows 7
- Open your blinds and curtains during the day to allow the sun to enter and help warm your home
It is also important to change your air filters each season. Not only can this help improve your indoor air quality, but it can also help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your heating system.
Want to know more about preparing for colder weather? Review our blog, Tips to Prepare for the Heating Season.
When to Call a Heating Repair Specialist
Generally speaking, if you notice anything off about your system or its operation, it is a good idea to schedule a repair inspection. Because you live with your system, you are most familiar with how it operates, and you are the best judge of when something doesn’t seem right. Similarly, if you start hearing strange sounds, notice a reduction in its performance, or it won’t turn on, there is likely a repair problem that needs to be fixed.
You may want to consider replacing your heating system if:
- Your current furnace or heater is more than ten years old
- You constantly have to call out a repair technician to handle small issues
- You’re dissatisfied with the performance of your current heater
- Your current heater is appropriately sized for your home
At Premier Indoor Comfort Systems, we only recommend heater or furnace replacements when they are absolutely necessary. Our repair team will always work to find a viable repair option first. However, if a repair is unlikely to resolve your problem, we will discuss all your replacement options with you, ensuring that you select the product that will work best for your home and your budget.
Review our blog for some helpful tips on choosing the right replacement furnace.