Boost Furnace Efficiency in Cincinnati This Year With 3 Top Tips
by Greg Leisgang on November 5, 2012
Posted in: Furnaces
It’s bound to get cold in in Butler County and the Greater Cincinnati area this winter, and if you want to keep heating costs down, now’s the time to make a few changes around your home to boost furnace efficiency. Whether your furnace is brand new or a few years old, these tips will help you get the most from your heating equipment.
Seal air leaks
Sealing air leaks around your home is a great way to prevent heat loss and put a stop to drafts that make you feel uncomfortable and waste energy. All you need to seal most leaks around your home is some weatherstripping and caulk. Check around windows and doors, electrical outlets, wiring and plumbing penetrations, the attic hatch, and the dryer vent.
Sealing leaky ductwork is also effective if you want to boost furnace efficiency. In many homes, a significant amount of the fuel consumed by a furnace is wasted through ductwork leaks. A professional technician can seal these leaks and put a stop to the energy waste.
It’s difficult to add insulation to existing walls and floors, but you can easily add some to the attic floor. Heat naturally rises, and without a thick insulation barrier to stop it, the air will rise up and out of your home's living spaces. Spread loose-fill insulation around the attic until it completely blankets the floor several inches deep.
Insulating your ductwork is also important. Ducts are made of thin metal, which is highly conductive. That means a great amount of heat loss occurs in the winter, especially in stretches of ductwork that travel through unconditioned spaces of your home.
Maintain your HVAC equipment
Preventative maintenance is certainly important to boost furnace efficiency this season and for years to come. You know you must maintain your car to get the best gas mileage possible, and the same holds true for your furnace. Don’t let it fall into disrepair.
To learn more about lowering heating costs, or to schedule service that is sure to boost furnace efficiency, please contact Tri-County Heating & Cooling today. We proudly serve homeowners in Butler County and the Greater Cincinnati area.
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