Michiganders know how to make the most of winter. Taking a few steps to get the most out of your existing furnace will provide you the peace of mind to enjoy great outdoor activities like the Winter Fest and Pig Roast at Grosse Pointe. You can enjoy any of the great family activities offered by Farmington Hills while knowing your home heating system is working to its best capacity.
Don’t Heat the Outside
As a kid, you were probably admonished by your parents to keep the door closed because “I’m not paying to heat the outside.” There are more subtle ways heat can escape than through open exterior doors. These can add up to significant heat loss and your furnace having to work harder.
Adjust attic and basement vents during the winter months. Check the caulking and weather stripping on all your windows and doors. Be mindful of the amount of heat being lost up your fireplace chimney. While a fireplace is enjoyable on a snowy evening, many are not very efficient at heating and that lose more heat up the chimney than they provide to your home.
Ease the Workload
Clogged filters are a leading cause of furnace problems. Dirty filters restrict airflow and make your furnace work harder, causing unnecessary wear and tear, shortening the life of your heating system. Change or clean filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Some high efficiency filters also put added strain on your system and can cause the air to follow the path of least resistance around the filter, thereby negating their intended purpose. Consult with a professional technician to see if your system will work properly with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters.
Yearly maintenance and inspection by a professional technician will save you money by identifying problems before they turn into costly repairs. An HVAC expert can evaluate your current insulation and, if you need more insulation, give you an idea of projected energy savings of installing more.
Contact Aladdin Heating & Cooling today for more ways to make your furnace operate efficiently and last longer. We serve Detroit, Michigan and all the surrounding areas.
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