Your High Efficiency Furnace
A high-efficiency furnace is a heating system that uses advanced technology to provide more efficient and cost-effective heating than traditional furnaces. These furnaces have an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating of 90% or higher, meaning they convert at least 90% of their fuel into usable heat. If you have a high-efficiency furnace in your home, here are some tips for operating and maintaining it:
Change the air filter regularly: The air filter in your furnace traps dirt, dust, and other debris to keep your furnace running smoothly. If the filter is clogged, your furnace will have to work harder to circulate air, which can reduce its efficiency and increase your energy bills. Check the filter every month and replace it as needed. There are many air filter options. We recommend you check the owner's manual for the recommended size and specifications if you need help deciding which one to choose.
Keep the area around the furnace clean: Make sure there are no obstructions or clutter around your furnace, as this can impede airflow and reduce efficiency. Vacuum and dust the area regularly to keep it clean. Also, do not store chemicals and cleaners near your heating system. Normal fumes, like bleach, can mix with the air and fuel, causing damage to the system and components.
Schedule annual maintenance: Hire a professional HVAC technician to inspect and maintain your furnace annually. They can clean and lubricate the components, check for leaks and other issues, and ensure your furnace runs efficiently. By Walter Kruger, Senior Professional Home Inspector, Ground Floor Home Inspection, Inc.