How to Take Advantage of Your Furnace’s Efficiency04/05/2016 Even though it’s spring, we could still see more cold weather. It’s still a good time to take a closer glance at your furnace efficiency. We have a few easy ideas for you to completely take advantage of the benefits of your furnace’s efficiency. Change Your Furnace Filter You’ve heard this repeatedly, but changing your furnace’s filter is so important. Even ENERGY STAR® advises replacing it monthly. You may need to change it more or less regularly, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions. Air can flow more easily through your residence when you have a clean filter. You will observe improved air quality and enhanced furnace efficiency as well. A buildup of dust and debris inside your system will make it work harder. Make Sure Your Ducts Are Sealed Properly If your ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, it’s more difficult for your system to efficiently push air throughout your home. And even though your furnace will be working extra, you still may not be as comfortable as you would expect. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, contact our professionals at Ilten's Incorporated. We’re happy to help. Install a Programmable Thermostat To lower your heating expenses, take a look at a programmable thermostat. Why throw away money cooling your home when you aren’t even there? You can find wide variety of different programmable thermostats and should have no challenges finding one that will meet your lifestyle needs. Schedule Your Annual Tune-Up It’s easy to overlook the benefits of an annual tune-up when your furnace is running as planned. Yearly tune-ups keep your furnace as efficient as possible and can help extend its lifespan. Zoned Heating If you wish to have individual control over the temperature of different rooms in your home, a zoned heating and cooling system can attain that with multiple programmable thermostats. This can help improve your furnace efficiency and save you money. Half of the energy used in your home is attributed to your heating and cooling, so efficiency is important. At Ilten's Incorporated, we can help you feel confident that your heating and cooling system is working at peak efficiency. Give us a call today to schedule your annual furnace service or if you have any questions about your home comfort system. You can reach us at 319-363-0283, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.