Components that Determine Furnace Efficiency

While you can spend lots of money making sure you get the most energy-efficient furnace possible, it can never live up to its potential if you aren’t properly utilizing your thermostat and ductwork. All three components work together to determine furnace efficiency, so understanding their interplay will help you save the most money.

Your furnace is responsible for generating the warm air in your house but the ductwork is what’s in charge of distributing it. Before it’s first installed, you need to work with an HVAC professional to determine the best duct layout. They should consider architectural features that could affect the airflow from your supply ducts to your return vents so that you get the best airflow and reduce the workload for your HVAC system.

The thermostat is the device used to regulate the whole system. You can boost your furnace efficiency with a zoning system that incorporates multiple thermostats and dampers throughout your house to give you better control over how air is distributed. By not sending air to areas that aren’t occupied, you avoid spending money to keep empty areas comfortable.

Here are a few other things you can do to make sure your furnace, ductwork and thermostat are all working properly:

  • Replace Furnace Filters: You should change out your furnace filter about once a month, especially during high-use seasons. If you neglect this, particles build up on the filter and prevent your warm air from being properly distributed.
  • Fix or Seal Your Ducts: The average house loses more than 25 percent of its conditioned air through faulty ducts. Check to make sure that connections between ducts are airtight and look for any cracks or holes in them. These can be patched up with a material called duct mastic that hardens after being spread on.
  • Preventive Maintenance: Have an HVAC professional inspect and clean all the components for maximum furnace efficiency at least annually.

To learn more about your heating system and the various components responsible for your comfort and savings, contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today. We proudly serve the Greater Cleveland area.

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