Quick and Easy Furnace Tune Up Tips To Help You Save
Energy used for `residential heating has been on the rise laately. According to a 2005 survey, the average American household burned somewhere around $ 1200- $ 1500 for heating alone. It makes sense that we look into ways to bring down this amount. One of the necessary measures is to give your furnace a proper tune up in order to make it run more efficiently.
Residential heating systems are made up of three components:
1. Thermostat, a sensor that tracks the temperature in the house while allowing you to make up or down settings according to your requirement. When air temperature falls below the preset reading, thermostat will trigger the heater / blower to turn on.
2. The heater would start the combustion process that produces heat. Air would then be directed towards the heat exchanger through the blower, causing it to get warm. The heating ducts will then carry the heated air around the house. The cool air would be led back via the return ducts to the furnace in order to get heated. This cycle of warm-air-out and cool-air-in would go on until the house hits optimal temperature, the thermostat would then instruct the furnace to stop its operation.
Ideally, furnace tune up should be carried out once every year. If your system is of the old type, installation of an additional heat pump or wholesale replacement to a high efficiency system may be a good idea. But make sure that supply / return lines of the boiler are properly insulated and all leaky ducts are deal with.
In the hot season, pilot light on furnaces or boilers can be turned off (makes sure this does not affect the hot water supply). To compliment your furnace tune up, you may clean the register and clean / change air filters on furnaces, and putting in radiator reflectors to prevent heat loss through the adjacent outer walls. Additionally, shut down the vent dampers to avoid heat transfer to the flue.
Zone-control radiators can introduce even more saving. Following is a summary of what a furnace tune-up would typically involve:
• Check the filter and change / clean as required
• Inspect all thermostats controls and electrical components.
• Lubricate the motors.
• Watch out for cracks on heat exchanger since just one of them is enough to cause dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
• If air-flow is obstructed, wash the evaporator coil, and make sure you get the air fuel mixture right.
Air Filter inside furnace – Position filter firmly in the slot so the heating system runs efficiently and air goes through the filter. Where possible try to fit with 'pleated' filters as this has been known to provide more effective air filtering.
Do not take chance with the many mechanical parts that can influence the working of any furnace, so get qualified contractors to attend your furnace tune-up if you were to realize the maximum energy savings, while staying comfortable.