For most Colorado homeowners, heating is the largest energy expense. According to researchers at the University of Colorado, 54% of all energy expenses for the average home in Colorado go toward heating the living space. You can save money on your home’s gas furnace and heating expenses with just three simple steps.
3 Ways to Save Money When Using a Gas Furnace
Change the Air
It is recommended that every 30 days you replace the air filter in your furnace. This small, inexpensive measure goes a long way when it comes to the quality of air that circulates throughout your home. The air filter in your furnace keeps pollution and debris from entering your HVAC system.
A dirty air filter slows down your home’s air flow and requires the furnace to work harder to heat your home. The harder your furnace works, the more energy it uses, and the more money it costs you. Regularly changing the air filter in your furnace is essential to ensure the longevity of the unit, and replacing it is quick and easy.
Simply check your furnace’s owner’s manual to find the correct number or size filter, required for your furnace. Turn off your HVAC system before replacing the filter. Remove the old filter, and use the arrows or colors on the front and back of the new filter to correctly slide it into place.
To ensure that your furnace is performing at the manufacturer’s standard, experts recommend that your HVAC system receives routine annual maintenance. Failing to maintain the functionality of your home’s HVAC system can result in a shortened lifespan of the unit and its operations.
Hiring a trained and certified HVAC professional to perform a comprehensive annual maintenance on your system, ensures that your gas furnace and other system functions are up to date, and operating correctly.
Replace Your Unit
A properly sized HVAC system is the key to maximizing the life and functionality of your gas furnace heating unit. Purchasing large heating equipment does not ensure that your home will distribute heat better than smaller heating equipment.
The size of your unit is essential to optimizing the energy that your home uses. Older furnaces can function as low as 56% efficiency while newer furnaces can function at nearly 99% efficiency. Whether you need a repair on your existing unit or find yourself in the market for a new furnace that performs at a higher efficiency, a professional HVAC technician can consult you on the best decision for your home’s size and gas furnace unit.