Getting the Best Results From Your New Furnace
8 Tips for Maximizing Efficiency & More After Installing a Furnace
Winter is right around the corner in the Greater Seattle area, and it can be quite chilly, making a reliable furnace essential for homeowners. If you've recently invested in a new furnace, you'll want to ensure it operates at peak efficiency for years to come.
Below is your new go-to resource for home furnace maintenance and installation tops, including tips for an energy-efficient furnace.
1. Professional Furnace Installation
The foundation of an efficient furnace is its installation. A DIY job or otherwise poorly done job can lead to inefficiencies and safety hazards, as well as potentially increase your energy bills. Ensure you work with a reputable HVAC contractor who will correctly size the furnace for your home, ensure all components are properly connected, and help you keep up with your system with optional maintenance plans.
2. Regular Maintenance
Just like any other appliance, your furnace requires regular check-ups. It's recommended to have a professional technician conduct a “tune-up” at least once a year, inspecting components as a proactive approach against potential issues before they escalate. This ensures your furnace runs smoothly and efficiently, reducing the risk of breakdowns during periods of high usage—like in the winter!
3. Clean or Replace Filters
The furnace filter is critical for clean air circulation. Over time, it can become clogged with dust, pet hair, and other debris. Check your filter monthly, especially during heavy usage periods, and replace or clean it every 90 days. Or take the chore off your to-do list by participating in our Filter Replacement Program here.
4. Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is a game-changer for busy homeowners looking to “hack” their daily lives. Set it to a lower temperature when you're away or asleep, and program it to warm up just before you return or wake up. Not only does this lead to a more comfortable home life, but it could lead to significant savings on heating bills as well!
5. Keep Vents and Surrounding Areas Clean
For an energy-efficient furnace, ensure that the vents around your home are free from dust and debris. This helps your home efficiently circulate air. Additionally, keep the area around the furnace clean and clutter-free for optimal functionality.
6. Assist Your Furnace
Simple actions can reduce further strain on your furnace. For instance, sealing any leaks around doors and windows can prevent cold drafts. And if you have ceiling fans, switch fans to run in a clockwise direction so warm air is distributed more evenly.
7. Choose the Right Location
If you're still considering installing a new furnace, assess your home to determine the best location. Whether it's the garage, basement, or attic, there shouldn’t be nearby heat-producing appliances, and there should be adequate air circulation.
8. Stay Informed
Lastly, follow our blog page to stay up-to-date with the latest furnace maintenance and home efficiency tips! We regularly share best practices in heating and cooling homes to make your life easier.
A new furnace is a significant investment for homeowners, so use this list of tips to ensure optimal performance, longevity, and comfort throughout the colder months. Connect with our team here if you’re ready to stay warm and cozy this winter with a new furnace.