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Tips to Boost Your Furnace’s Efficiency

furnace venting outdoorsWinter will be here soon enough, and chances are that it will hit hard once it’s here. But that’s just part of living in the Chicagoland area, right? This may be the case, and we might be “used” to cold temperatures and snowfall, but it doesn’t hurt to have a great heating system on your side. Having a great heating system is about more than reliability and effectiveness, though: you want a heater that’s going to work as efficiently as possible. Our winter season is too long and too cold to be overpaying for your comfort.

Sure, you could contact us for Glenview, IL furnace service, such as heater replacement, but this might not be necessary—especially if your furnace is less than a decade old. The truth is, there are other things you can do besides servicing or replacing the furnace itself that could help boost your home’s heating efficiency.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

There is a small component you can upgrade in order to boost your furnace’s efficiency, and that is your thermostat. Yes, this is a small component, but it’s certainly not a minor one. While your thermostat is small, it’s one of the essential parts of your HVAC system. It’s the device through which you communicate with your heater, after all. Upgrading to even the most basic digital thermostat, or even better—a programmable thermostat—can help you start enjoying more affordable heating.

Use Weatherstripping

The heat from your furnace can escape through cracks in your doors and windows, meaning that you are losing energy that you are paying for. Consider investing in weatherstripping to seal your windows and doors and to ensure that the heat in your home stays in your home.

Use Your Ceiling Fan!

Not many homeowners know this trick. In the summertime, you can use your ceiling fans to create the movement of air that helps people’s bodies cool down faster. As a result, you can turn up the thermostat and use your AC more efficiently. Well, in the wintertime, you can reverse the direction of the ceiling fan, using a switch, which pushes down heated air from the ceiling for faster distribution of warmth. You end up helping your furnace’s efficiency this way.

Schedule Regular Heating Maintenance

Scheduling routine tune-ups for your furnace is the best way to ensure it works as effectively and efficiently as possible, for as long as possible. During maintenance, our technicians will fully inspect your furnace for any potential repair needs, make any necessary adjustments, and thoroughly clean the system. All of these steps ensure that the furnace works as well as it can—meaning, as efficiently as it can.

Maintenance is a service that should be scheduled once a year for your furnace. If you have a different type of heating system—such as a heat pump or a ductless system, then this service should instead be scheduled every six months. Ask us about our maintenance program, which includes benefits for you such as priority service for our maintenance plan member, and discounts on services.

For superior heating services, contact Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning today!

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