Furnaces can be a major energy expense when it comes to heating your home. If you have an older furnace, it may have some things that are outdated. Older furnaces can use more energy that what is really needed to heat your home. There are some upgrades that can be done to improve the performance of your forced air furnace. Improvements can include things as simple as changing the thermostat, but it can also include other improvements such as installing an energy efficient blower motor. Here are three improvements that can be done to your existing furnace to improve its energy performance:
1. Changing To A Digital Thermostat And Controls
One of the simplest improvements that can be done is adding digital thermostats and controls. Digital controls will make your system more accurate, and can also allow for things like automation and programing of your heating system. This makes it easier for you to control when you use your heating and when you do not, optimizing energy consumption.
2. Upgrading The Blower Motor With A More Efficient One
Replacing the blower motor on an older furnace is something that can be done to make it more efficient. Another benefit of changing the blower motor on a forced air system is reduced noise. This is a common repair that is done to furnaces, and the old blower will usually be recycled by the HVAC service. Sometimes, you may even be able to get used motors from a contractor, which can be more efficient than the old motor you have.
3. Ignition System And Replacing The Ignitor Element
The ignition system of your furnace can also cause your system to use more energy. With gas furnaces, you may want to have the ignitor replaced with ceramic ignitors, which are more efficient and last longer. Electric furnaces can have the heating element replaced with a new one that uses less electricity to provide your home with heating. An HVAC technician can also check the efficiency of your system, and make adjustments to improve performance.
It is not always necessary to replace your furnace when it is not efficient. Energy efficient improvements can be a more affordable way to get a little more efficiency out of your furnace. If you want to do some of these upgrades to your furnace, contact a professional like Kohl Heating & Air Conditioning and ask them to evaluate what can be done to your heating system.