One thing that you should know is that every furnace has an efficiency rating. It’s called the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). To sum it up simply, each furnace is given a rating to describe how efficiently it’s able to operate. Although your AFUE rating is the biggest factor when determining how efficiently your heater can run, there are some other factors that affect this. We’re going to discuss them today.
Before we get into anything else, we want you to know that we’re here to perform any of the furnace services you need. In fact, we specialize in furnace repair in Colorado Springs, CO. You can get everything you need from our team members.
Other Things That Affect Your Furnace Efficiency
Here are some other things to pay attention to this winter:
How Often You Maintain
Do you maintain your home’s heater annually? Do you maintain your home’s heater in the fall? If this answer is no, then you’re not getting the efficiency that you deserve.
The more you maintain your furnace, the better the efficiency will be. Efficiency isn’t just to benefit your home’s heater. It also benefits you directly through your home’s comfort levels and price too. Maintenance is something that’s easy for you to have performed in your home. We’re here to make sure you get the best efficiency possible.
The Quality of Your Air Filter
When was the last time you changed your home’s air filter? If it’s been a while, then it means that you’re hurting your heater’s efficiency. You might think a filter isn’t something that’s so impactful, but it is. A dirty air filter makes your home’s furnace work harder to provide the same level of cooling. It will run down your furnace and cost you more in the process.
How You Run Your Heater
You should be mindful of your home’s thermostat settings. Here’s the thing—we know that it can feel unbearable coming home to a chilly space in Colorado Springs. We experience some pretty extreme cold weather. Just because this is the case doesn’t mean that you should crank your heater up to a high level. You should choose a mild temperature and wait. It’s better for your efficiency.
Your Insulation Levels
If your home is drafty, then you’re not getting the right efficiency. You don’t have to spring right to attic insulation or anything extreme. Instead, you can start small with things like caulking, weatherstripping, or even a door sweep. Insulation doesn’t have to be a huge task or even be too expensive. You just need to make sure that your warm air isn’t escaping from your home.
Your ducts are one of the most important factors in your home’s efficiency. If you have leaking, gapping ducts, you’re just not going to get high quality service. Your heater could be doing its job. You’d never know it though because the warm air is leaking right out of your ductwork into areas that you’re not living in. All your warm air is disappearing into your walls, attic, and even crawlspaces.
Contact Peak Home Performance today to schedule an appointment for your home’s furnace efficiency.