Winter Warmth: Boost Home Heating Efficiency in 2024

Over the years, HVAC manufacturers have become increasingly focused on efficiency. Today’s furnaces are far more efficient than those made 20 or even 10 years ago. Of course, this has great benefits for homeowners. The more efficient your system is, the lower your utility bills will be. So, do you have to replace your furnace to improve your heating efficiency? Not necessarily. If your furnace is very old and inefficient, replacement is usually the best option. However, there are also some other efficiency solutions to consider this winter.

Schedule a Tune-Up

If you haven’t already called your furnace service for a tune-up, now is the time to do so. No matter how old your furnace is, a tune-up can improve its efficiency and help you conserve energy. Your HVAC contractors will clean the burner and other parts to improve heat transfer. They can also tighten any loose parts in the blower assembly, which should lead to greater efficiency. By the end of the winter, a maintenance appointment will often have paid for itself.

Install a Smart Thermostat

Do you still have a plain, programmable thermostat? Maybe you still have one of those dial-style thermostats from yesteryear. Replacing your thermostat with a WiFi model will help you use your heating system more efficiently. You can keep the temperature lower when you’re away and turn the heat up remotely just before you’re ready to come home. You can also monitor your energy use in the app and make adjustments accordingly.

Have Minor Repairs Made

Does your furnace need a minor repair that you’ve been putting off? Maybe you have a worn ball bearing, causing your furnace to make a scraping noise when the fan turns on. Or maybe you know there’s a small water leak coming from the furnace, but you’re putting off until it gets worse. Homeowners often put off repairs in an attempt to save money, but actually, this approach can cost you in the long run. Furnaces do not work efficiently when in need of repairs.

Contact a gas heater repair service and schedule your needed repairs ASAP. When your utility bills go down, you’ll be glad you did.

Consider a Heat Pump

If your current furnace is more than 10 years old, has repeatedly needed repairs, and seems to be losing efficiency, replacing it may be your best bet. Instead of going with another gas furnace, consider switching to a heat pump. Dual-fuel hybrid heat pumps run on electricity when the weather is relatively mild. On the coldest days, they burn gas to generate more heat. Overall, they tend to be more efficient than furnaces. Many HVAC companies that offer heating installation services now install heat pumps.

Whether you simply schedule a maintenance appointment, call for repairs, or replace your entire system, we hope you’re able to focus on efficiency this winter. Don’t hesitate to contact H & H Heating & Air Conditioning for central heating installation and more.

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