Sometimes, the only way to get better efficiency from a heating system is to replace it. Most furnaces only last about 10-15 years, while boilers can last a few years longer. Before your heater gives out for good, though, you might notice efficiency dropping. It may seem normal that a system drops in performance levels with time, but a well-installed system should be able to keep up about 95% of its original efficiency levels when properly maintained.
Keep your bills low without losing any of the performance you expect from your heater. Follow our tips and you may notice your bills drop as soon as next month!
Change the Air Filter
First, it’s important to run your heating system with the cleanest air filter possible. Many people are surprised to hear that the air filter has an effect on how well the heater works, not just the air quality.
While a furnace filter does filter particles that make you ill, it also serves to protect the heater from damage. It cannot do so, though, if it is clogged with dirt and debris that won’t allow air to move through. This lack of airflow severely hurts efficiency, so change the filter every 1-3 months.
Keep It In Good Shape
In general, you should try to keep the entire heating system in the best shape possible if you want to lower your bills. Part of this is changing the air filter. Part of this is calling technicians the moment you notice a problem that may indicate the heater needs repairs.
The best way to keep your heater in good condition is to prevent problems from happening in the first place. Preventative maintenance, completed by HVAC professionals, can help to prevent system breakdowns and lower your bills by getting the furnace components into top shape, so they can run smoothly.
Use the Thermostat Wisely
For many people, the most difficult part of keeping a heater running efficiently is using the thermostat wisely. When you get home on a cold night, it’s easy to turn the thermostat up all the way without thinking about your bills. That’s why it’s much better to use programming settings to have the temperature adjust automatically to about 68-70°F when you will be home and 5-10° lower when you’re away.
You might consider using a smart thermostat, which allows you to moderate the temperature from anywhere—even at work or across the country! With a smart thermostat application on your phone, you can track energy usage and make smarter decisions about thermostat scheduling throughout the day.
Utilize Natural Heating Sources
If you have trouble keeping the thermostat at a comfortable-but-efficient temperature, you should also focus on finding other ways to bring warmth and heat into the home, so your heater won’t have to work so hard.
- Open the blinds in the daytime to let the sunlight in.
- Close shades over insulated windows at night.
- Layer your clothing and stock up on comfortable winter gear this season.
- Keep blankets and throws near sitting areas.
For more information, speak to the local experts on all things HVAC in Minneapolis, MN. Contact VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today!