Gas Furnace Savings Tips
How can I use my furnace for the most energy efficiency?
Is an annual inspection necessary?
- Keep your furnace clean and have it checked regularly.
- Before turning on your furnace each year, get your furnace inspected and tuned up by an authorized service provider.
- An annual inspection will keep your furnace running safely and efficiently.
- An authorized professional furnace inspector will:
- Check for proper natural gas pressure Inspect the burner to make sure fuel is burning properly, and clean it if necessary.
- Check the air filter for proper airflow and change it if needed.
- Inspect your furnace motor and may lubricate the motor and blower.
- Inspect the flue pipe, safety controls, igniter, and heat exchanger.
- AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) is the most widely used measure of heating efficiency in a furnace.
- AFUE measures the amount of heat actually delivered compared to the amount of fuel the furnace uses. For example, a furnace with an 80% AFUE rating converts 80% of the fuel to heat and the other 20% of energy from the fuel is lost up the chimney.
- The new minimum ENERGY STAR® AFUE rating standard of 95% or greater went into effective Feb. 1, 2012.
- Be sure to check the AFUE rating and compare furnace features before you buy.
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