We are taking the following precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. All of our technicians have masks, glasses, latex gloves and shoe booties if they have to enter your home. Our technicians also have hand sanitizer and disinfectants that they use after every call.
If we are there to do maintenance and we don’t have to come inside your home to get to the equipment, we are asking homeowners to adjust the thermostat for us so we can do the system maintenance without entering the home. We will not be shaking hands and will keep our distance from customers.
Tips for Improving the Efficiency of Your Gas Furnace
Many new gas furnaces utilize the latest technologies to exceed 90 AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). If you’re ready to upgrade your furnace, ask your HVAC professional for a cost analysis of new models. However, if your gas furnace still has some life in it and you want to make the most of it, use these tips to improve furnace efficiency and the environment in which it operates.
Lower Heating Load
Your furnace must replace the heat your home loses from air leaks, inadequate insulation, inefficient windows and more. Tightening your home’s envelope can reduce the heating load on your furnace and provide greater home comfort and efficiency.
Use rubber and foam weatherstripping to seal leaky doors and the attic hatch.
Use caulk to seal thin cracks around your windows, and plastic tension strips to seal leaky windows.
Make sure you have at least one foot of insulation (for fiberglass or cellulose) in your attic.
Consider new window treatments, such as storm shutters, which are practical at reducing heat loss through older, single-pane windows.
Free airflow is an important ingredient for reaching peak furnace efficiency. Check your air filter monthly during the heating season, and change or clean as needed. Then, vacuum the registers and return grills to remove debris. Next, feel the air pressure at each register. If airflow is uneven, there may be an obstruction or leak in your air ducts.
Inspect your ducts for leaks by using an incense stick. If the smoke wavers, you’ve found an air leak. You should seal leaks, loose and disconnected air ducts with foil-backed tape and mastic paste.
Gas furnaces contain many sophisticated parts that must work together for efficient operation. These parts need regular service to ensure functionality, safe operation and to prevent more expensive repairs. Make sure to schedule preventive maintenance with your HVAC technician to keep your furnace in top condition.