Does it seem like your furnace is costing more and more to run? If so, then you really want to address that problem ASAP. Any number of issues may drag down the overall energy efficiency with which your furnace in Fort Wayne, IN, operates. Each of these issues shares something in common, though—they won’t fix themselves! And the fact of the matter is that problems are only going to get worse over time.
That’s why it’s so important to be aware of any and all signs that there is a problem with your home heating system. Even if the heater is still up and running, after all, doesn’t mean that it is up and running properly. An inefficient system that’s always cost a lot to run may not indicate that there is a problem that needs addressing. However, if your system’s efficiency is suddenly slipping, then some attention is almost definitely needed.
Check Your Air Filter, First and Foremost
My air filter? But I’m not worried about air quality—I’m worried about subpar energy efficiency!
If that’s your response here, then you’re missing the point—multiple points, actually.
You see, the function of this air filter is not really to boost indoor air quality throughout your home. It’s to keep dirt and dust from building up within the HVAC system itself. And if that filter gets too dirty, it may affect air quality a little. The major red flag, however, is an increase in heating costs. The harder that it is for your heater to forced heated air through your home, the more it is going to cost in order to heat your home. Simply changing out your air filter can help to get your furnace’s overall efficiency level back on track.
Check Your Thermostat
This is going to sound obvious, but you should definitely check your thermostat if you are concerned about excessively high heating costs. Why? Because you may simply have set your system at too high of a temperature for it to keep up with. If your thermostat is set too high, then your heater is really going to struggle to attain target temperatures, meaning that it’s going to keep running, and running, and running. That is going to result in a spike in costs.
Other problems, like poor insulation, can not only compound this issue, as they let heat escape, but they cause inefficiency issues of their own. So, if you’re thermostat isn’t the obvious cause, reach out so that we can see what we can find!
Schedule Routine Maintenance
Sometimes, when you’ve had a full day, you just don’t have any energy left by the time you go to bed. And if you’re feeling that way day after day, it’ll really take a toll.
Of course, you can’t just put your heater to bed when you lie down for the night!
Your furnace works all day to keep your home warm, and all night when temperatures drop further, as well. Remember that, and remember that routine heating maintenance is the best, and honestly the only, way in which to keep your heater functioning as efficiently and reliably as possible.