Furnace Maintenance Lowers Heat Bills
Heating your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home — typically making up about 42% of your utility bill. So, when it comes to saving money on heat bills, furnace maintenance is at the top of the list. But what kind of savings are we talking about? According to Energy.gov’s heating tips, combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can save about 30% on your energy bill.
Milwaukee HVAC Company Tells How
Considering your furnace is responsible for the majority of your heat bills, it naturally makes sense that dirt, failing parts, loose connections, and poor calibrations would bog your system down – causing it to use more energy than necessary to heat your home. For the sake of staying on topic let’s focus on a few items on the furnace maintenance checklist that have the biggest impact on improving the efficiency of your home’s heating system:
Cleaning or Replacing the Air Filter
Your furnace needs proper air flow to operate efficiently. As the filter becomes dirty or clogged, it restricts airflow which puts strain on your furnace, causing higher energy bills (not to mention avoidable furnace repairs and premature equipment failure.)
Inspecting grilles, registers, and diffusers
Dust and debris can build up in the vents causing blocked airflow, while it’s easy enough to clean the surface debris with routine housekeeping, the vent covers should be removed for a deeper cleaning. In the event of extreme buildup, the technician may recommend air duct cleaning for a complete cleaning of your homes air duct system and vents.
Inspect Airflow across Heat Exchanger
In addition to inspecting the heat exchanger for signs of corrosion, structural problems, and erratic flames, our technicians inspect the airflow across the heat exchanger. If dust collects across the heat exchanger it reduces the amount of heat it can transfer, which make your furnace run harder and longer to reach the desired temperature, using more energy (and again, shortening its lifespan.)
Clean the Blower Motor
The blower motor one of the main components of a gas furnace and keeping it well maintained is crucial to ensuring your furnace operates efficiently. During furnace maintenance the access panels that cover the filter and cleaning pulleys, belts, and motor with a damp cloth to remove any accumulated dirt. Our technicians measure & record amp draw to blower motor / nameplate data (FLA) as available, test blower motor amps and motor volts, and inspect fan blade & blower wheel connection to blower motor.
So, Does Furnace Maintenance Lower Heat Bills?
Well, does “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” When it comes to your homes heating system – absolutely. With a yearly furnace cleaning, your system will use less energy to operate.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]