The Heat is On: Is Your Heating System Efficient?

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When your heating system is working just fine, it’s safe to assume that it’s running efficiently. This may cause you to ignore tune-ups or simple maintenance like replacing the filters. The only problem is forgetting these things may cause your furnace to use more energy, which will then be reflected on your heating bill. This may also sabotage your family’s health with poor indoor air quality.

All Hours Plumbing and HVAC and other furnace service providers in Salt Lake share a few tips on increasing its efficiency and prolonging its life:

Change Your Filters

Regardless of what type of heating system you have, you need to replace the filters regularly. Take note that dirty filters force the unit to consume more energy, worker harder, and operate longer. This leads to more wear and wear, which will ultimately shorten the life of your furnace. Make sure to change your filters every three months or once a month during heavy usage months.

Get Annual Inspections

Lack of maintenance is one of the reasons furnaces fail or breakdown. Keep this from happening by hiring a licensed HVAC technician to service your system and detect early problems. Do this every year before the weather turns cold, as HVAC contractors are likely to be busier once the winter months set in. There is also a higher chance of failure and breakdowns during peak heating season.

Repair or Replace

There are still cases, however, that even maintained furnaces will experience problems or fail. This only makes it important to assess whether or not it is still cost-effective to repair. If your heater is more than 15 years old, you might want to consider replacing it even if it’s still working. This is because it is probably using more energy and don’t have many years left in it.

Whether your heating system is gas, oil, or electric, regular tune up and maintenance can increase its efficiency and extend its lifespan. You can also ask licensed heating and cooling contractors for other advice in keeping your furnace healthy or when deciding between repairs and replacement.