Older furnaces are costly, inefficient and may need frequent repairs. If this is the case with your furnace, you should replace it with a newer and more efficient model. Along with being more reliable, newer furnaces can be as much as 90 percent more efficient.
However, the decision to replace your furnace may not be quite as clear-cut if your older furnace is still in good shape and is still reliably producing heat. In this case, your best option may be to improve its efficiency by considering the following:
- Have Your Furnace Inspected Annually: Get your furnace checked by an HVAC professional on a yearly basis. Not only can this help maximize the efficiency of your gas furnace, it can also make your home safer. An inspection will include adjustments to your gas burners and other parts to ensure proper functioning.
- Get a New Thermostat: If your thermostat only turns the heat on and off, you should opt for a programmable model. Programmable thermostats reduce heating bills by letting you determine when to heat your home. For example, you can set it to run at a lower temperature when you’re away or asleep.
- Prevent Air Leaks: Much of the air that moves through your HVAC system is lost through leaks. Sealing the holes in your ductwork with duct mastic can help to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient.
For more information on making your gas furnace more energy efficient and keeping your home comfortable all year-round, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been providing HVAC services to Grand Traverse County and the surrounding areas for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about gas furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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