How to Take Advantage of Your Furnace’s Efficiency04/05/2016 Despite the fact it’s spring, we could still see more cold weather. It’s still a good time to take a closer review at your furnace efficiency. We have a few easy ideas for you to fully reap the benefits of your furnace’s efficiency. Change Your Furnace Filter You’ve heard this repeatedly, but changing your furnace’s filter is so important. Even ENERGY STAR® suggests replacing it monthly. You may need to change it more or less often, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions. Air can flow more freely through your home when you have a clean filter. You can experience improved air quality and enhanced furnace efficiency as well. Accumulation of dust and debris inside your system will force it to work harder. Make Sure Your Ducts Are Sealed Properly If your home’s ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, it’s more difficult for your system to efficiently drive air throughout your home. And even though your furnace will be working harder, you still may not be as comfortable as you would hope. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, reach out to our professionals at Patterson & Stirling Inc. We can help. Install a Programmable Thermostat To decrease your heating costs, do some research on a programmable thermostat. Why waste money cooling your home when you aren’t even there? You can find an array of different programmable thermostats and should have no difficulty finding one that meets your lifestyle needs. Schedule Your Annual Tune-Up It’s easy to overlook the benefits of an annual tune-up when your furnace is working as planned. Yearly tune-ups keep your furnace as efficient as possible and can help add years to its lifespan. Zoned Heating If you would like individual control over the temperature of every room in your home, a zoned heating and cooling system can do that with multiple programmable thermostats. This can help increase your furnace efficiency and save you money. Half of the energy used in your home is attributed to your heating and cooling, so efficiency is important. At Patterson & Stirling Inc, we can help ensure your heating and cooling system is running at peak efficiency. Give us a call today to schedule your annual furnace service or if you have inquiries about your home comfort system. Contact us at 814-833-5558, or you can set up an appointment with us online.